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Note: The 2017 / 2018 specialist accreditation renewal period has closed.  


How to submit your renewal

Submit your personalised accreditation renewal form online by logging in to My Law Society on the Law Society website.

If you do not know your login details, these can be retrieved by clicking on Don’t have a login?

Unable to renew online?

If you are unable to renew your accreditation online, please download the Renewal Form and submit as instructed. Specialists are encouraged to renew their accreditation online if possible.


What to submit with your renewal

All specialists must submit a CPD report as part of their accreditation renewal. Specialists can download the Renewal CPD Report Template for this purpose.

How long it takes to process a renewal

The processing of renewals may take up to 3 weeks. A tax invoice and confirmation of your renewal will be sent once payment is received, processed and re-accreditation confirmed. Specialist Accreditation will contact the individual should there be a problem with their renewal.

Note:From the 1 May 2017, any specialist with an outstanding renewal (or if the renewal is still being processed) will not have their accreditation listed on the Law Society website until it is finalised. Specialists are encouraged to renew their accreditation allowing ample time for processing. Specialist Accreditation endeavours to have as quick a turn-around as possible.

Renewal of Specialist Accreditation is an annual requirement for all specialists. This ensures that the standard expected of an Accredited Specialist is maintained.


Requesting an extension


An extension of time to complete the required 10 CPD points (per area of accreditation) may be sought. 

Specialists should refer to page 9 of Information for Accredited Specialists for specific details.


Leave of Absence


Specialists may request leave of absence to help accommodate a short term or temporary change in their situation if it is thought that this may effect their ability to meet the renewal requirements for the next accreditation year. A request for a leave of absence must be made prior to the commencement of leave and is not granted retrospectively.

To request a Leave of Absence please submit a Leave of Absence form.

Specialists should refer to page 10 of Information for Accredited Specialists for specific details.

Exemption and discretion

Specialists are able to apply for an exemption or the Board's discretion from certain renewal requirements. The exemption or discretion request will be determined by the Specialist Accreditation Board.

Specialists should refer to page 8 and 9 of Information for Accredited Specialists for specific details.


Updating your contact details


All specialist communications are sent using the contact details held by The Law Society Registry Department. All specialists are reminded to review and update their details by emailing registry@lawsociety.com.au.






  • Specialist Accreditation Program
  • The Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0305
  • F: (02) 9926 0166
  • E: specialists@lawsociety.com.au