Condition 3 is a discretionary condition imposed pursuant to s 53 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) and Rule 16(b)(ii) of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015. If a practising certificate is subject to this condition, the holder must complete a Practice Management Course (PMC) before being eligible to practise as a principal of a law practice.
The PMC aims to equip legal practitioners with the skills they need to act as a principal including efficient and cost effective practice and business management, quality of services to clients, general leadership skills and the use of quality systems and procedures.
When a PMC has been completed, the course provider will notify the Law Society directly and, only then, will condition 3 to be removed from the relevant practitioner's practising certificate.
Revised Practice Management Course Guidelines for NSW were approved by the Law Society's Council in March 2021.
Information for course providers
Any organisation seeking to become an accredited PMC is to contact the Licensing Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Practice Management Course Guidelines for NSW provide information on the course requirements.
Note: law practices with 35 or more partners can apply for accreditation to provide courses in-house.