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Your Practising Certificate

To practise law as a solicitor in New South Wales, a person must either hold a Practising Certificate issued:

If a person wishes to practise as a barrister, they need to apply to the NSW Bar Association for a Practising Certificate.

More information

Practising Certificate types – more about restricted and unrestricted Practising Certificates, as well as conditions and undertakings

Applying for a PC – download an application form and read about the different types of Practising Certificates.

Renewing your PC – understand the renewal process and what to do if your Practising Certificate has lapsed. 

Changing your PC – how to change your practising details and the status of your Practising Certificate to principal or solicitor on the record.

Barristers' applications – procedures for barristers wishing to practise as a solicitor in NSW.

Solicitor Identification Card – how to apply for your card and how to use it.

Fees – fee components explained plus a Scale of Fees download.

Notification of offences and 'show-cause' events – explains when and how to notify The Law Society of a conviction, charge or 'show-cause' event.

Ceasing to practise – read about the notification requirements and how to surrender your Practising Certificate.



  • Law Society Registry
  • Level 5, 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0156
  • F: (02) 9926 0257
  • E: registry@lawsociety.com.au