For the most part, we live our lives quite stress free where it comes to matters of the law.  Unless we go out of our way to break the law or otherwise cause us to need the services of a legal team, then we probably never have dealings with one beyond normal house conveyancing or other property matters.   There are situations however when knowing how to reach a good lawyer is critical.  When disputes arise at work on either side, if the usual forms of dispute resolution i.e. arbitration, have been tried to past exhaustion, then recourse to the courts becomes necessary.  Legals teams work in specialisms.  So an employment specialist will deal with any dispute that involves employee/employer dispute and contractual laws.  Civil teams will deal with criminal cases and actual breaking of he law.  A large city centre practice will have experts in every field of litigation, whatever the problem.