Practising Certificate (Solicitor) - New South Wales


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.

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 certificate, you must:

  • be a fit and proper person to hold a certificate
  • be considered an Australian lawyer
  • have the required knowledge and qualification
  • if required, have professional indemnity insurance
  • not hold another current Australian practising certificate
  • provide all requested information
  • pay any required fees.

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



12 months.


30 June.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All 2019 / 20 Scale of Fees - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Legal Profession Uniform Regulations 2015 New South Wales

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Law Society of NSW

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Registry

Law Society of NSW

Operating address: 170 Phillip Street
New South Wales 2000
Phone: 02 9926 0156