Registration as a Foreign Lawyer - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this registration if you are a registered legal practitioner in a country other than Australia and intend to work within the legal services industry in New South Wales.

This registration allows you to provide the following legal services in Australia:

  • Doing work, or transacting business, concerning the law of a foreign country where your are is registered or authorised by the foreign registration authority for that country;
  • Legal services (including appearances) in relation to proceedings before bodies other than courts;
  • Legal services in relation to arbitration proceedings or conciliation, mediation and other forms of consensual dispute resolution; and
  • Legal services of a kind specified in the Uniform Rules.

Overseas lawyers may not work as a lawyer or legal practitioner providing legal services directly to clients, or appear in court.

Please be aware that there are circumstances where you can practice foreign law without this registration certificate (for example, during one or more periods that do not aggregate exceed 90 days in any period of 12 months).

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a foreign-registered legal practitioner;
  • Demonstrate an intention to engage in legal practice in Australia within a reasonable period after registration;
  • Not be subject to any special conditions concerning engagement in criminal, civil or disciplining processing's;
  • Not hold a cancelled or suspended registration any place as a result of disciplinary action;
  • Be residing and intending to work in New South Wales;
  • Submit your application and accompanying documentation in the approved form;
  • Fulfil any other obligations and expectations required by the Agency;
  • Hold a current professional indemnity insurance policy; and
  • Pay the prescribed fee.

Your qualifications and knowledge will be assessed to ensure that they meet the standards and conditions of a local lawyer.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


12 months.


30 June.





Please lodge your application and associated documentation directly with the Agency.

Approval time

Applications are normally processed in two to three weeks.

Administering agency

Law Society of NSW

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Regulations 2015 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Registry
Law Society of NSW

Operating address:
170 Phillip Street
New South Wales 2000


02 9926 0156

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