Before you can commence practice as a solicitor in New South Wales you will need to apply for a practising certificate. An Australian practising certificate entitles you to engage in legal practice. This includes to practise law or provide legal services, but does not include engaging in policy work.
There 4 categories of certificate you may be eligible to hold (the category will reflect your style of practice):
- Principal (issued to private practice sole practitioners, partners and legal practitioner directors)
- Non-principal (private practice employees)
- Government (employed by the State or Federal government)
- Corporate or non-lawyer entity (employed by a corporation, unincorporated entity, non-NSW firm).
If you hold a current practising certificate in New Zealand, you are eligible to be apply for this practising certificate in New South Wales under mutual recognition arrangements.
Please be aware that this entitlement is submit to requirements set out in the Act and Rules and will also be subject to conditions.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.