Your Practising Certificate
To practise law as a solicitor in New South Wales, a person must either hold a Practising Certificate issued:
- by the Law Society of New South Wales, which is renewed annually and may be subject to:
- in another Australian jurisdiction and practise in NSW as an interstate legal practitioner under the national practising certificate provisions.
If a person wishes to practise as a barrister, they need to apply to the NSW Bar Association for a Practising Certificate.
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.