What do you need to do?
Step 1: You must give notice to the Law Society Council that you are relying on an exemption under clauses 19-22 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Regulation 2015 for the purposes of practising as a government lawyer. You can access the Notice form here.
Step 2: You must apply for a 2017 - 18 practising certificate. The application form can be found here.
To ensure you are entitled to practise from 1 July 2017 please lodge your application on or before 30 May 2017 to allow time for processing.
Please note it is a statutory condition of all practising certificates that the holder must, in this jurisdiction engage in supervised legal practice (SLP) only, until the holder has completed the period of supervised legal practice required unless otherwise exempted.
Your particular circumstances may entitle you to be granted a reduction of, or an exemption from, the SLP requirements as at 1 July 2017 depending upon the nature and length of your legal experience to date.
You may be able to:
(a) Claim your period of SLP; and/or
(b) Claim a period of legal practice as a government lawyer before 1 July 2015 or under the transitional exemption provisions; or
(c) Make an application, in writing, to the Licensing Committee to reduce the period of Supervised Legal Practice or grant you an exemption. Please ensure that your application addresses the length and nature of your legal practice to date, your current role and whether you intend to remain in your current role.