You will require this registration if you are a registered legal practitioner in another country and intend to work within the legal services industry in the Australian Capital Territory. As an overseas registered lawyer you may register locally as a foreign lawyer.
Being registered as a foreign lawyer in the Australian Capital Territory entitles you to practise foreign law related to your home country and engage in work that is not reserved to Australian lawyers. Such as:
- Giving in-house or paralegal advice;
- Dispute resolution services; and
- Arbitration or proceedings related to your home country that are before a body other than a court.
Overseas lawyers may not work as a lawyer or legal practitioner providing legal services directly to clients, or appear in court.
Please use the contact details below to find out more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this registration you must:
- Be a foreign-registered legal practitioner;
- Be residing and intending to work in the ACT;
- Submit your application and accompanying documentation in the approved form;
- Fulfil any other obligations and expectations required by the authorising Agency; and
- Pay the prescribed fee.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Registration expires on 30 June each year.
Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.
Legal Profession Act 2006 (Australian Capital Territory)
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