You may require this certificate if you intend to engage in legal practice in Western Australia. Legal practice means being paid to do any work in connection with the administration of the law, including preparing deeds, instruments or contracts relating to legal proceedings of any kind.
You will not require this certificate to undertake the following kinds of legal practice:
- the practice of foreign law by an Australian-registered foreign lawyer
- drawing or preparing a transfer of land
- legal work in the course of the duties of a public officer
- legal work under the supervision of an Australian legal practitioner, as a paid employee of a law practice or in the course of approved legal training.
Please note that separate application requirements apply to local applicants, interstate practitioners, New Zealand practitioners, and practitioners from overseas. If you intend to practice law as a corporation, you must apply for a notice of intention to provide legal services.
Please note that if you have a valid practising certificate from a different Australian jurisdiction that authorises you to practice as a lawyer everywhere in Australia, you do not need to apply for a separate Western Australian certificate.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.