Of course, there are many different kinds of solicitors and lawyers who specialise in the many areas of law that exist. So, why should you choose a lawyer that specialises in the particular type of law that concerns your case?
Perhaps the most important reason of all is that the outcome of your case may be greatly affected by using a solicitor who is familiar with all of the detailed points of law that might impact upon your case. This then should be reason enough to make sure that the solicitor is an expert in the correct field of law.
Even in cases which are not so serious there would seem to be little point employing a solicitor whose inexperience may cause your case to be lost. What's the best way of finding the right solicitor? As with most things, personal recommendation goes a long way so if you have anyone you know can recommend a solicitor who is experienced in the right field of law then that is a very good starting point. Failing this, doing some online research is perhaps the next thing to try.
You should naturally also check on the credentials of the solicitor too. You would expect them to be members of the various organisations that oversee solicitors and lawyers in your country. For example, this might mean checking to see that they are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. If they have a reputation as experts in their field they should be only too keen to point this out on their website too, just as is the case on this website here for example.
We can see then, it certainly pays to do your homework when choosing a solicitor. Above all, keep in mind the fact that they are not all the same and you should make sure that you choose one that is experienced in the specific type of legal work that you are asking them to take on.