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A.
Commencing Practice as a Solicitor
1.
Instructions for Newly Qualified Solicitors
2. Eligibility to Hold a Practising Certificate

Solicitors to whom the Practising Certificate (Special Conditions) Rules apply must give 6 weeks’ notice to the Society when applying for their practising certificate.

3.

2021 Practising Certificate

(a)







Notice of Intention to Apply for a Practising Certificate

Any Solicitor whose application falls within any of the circumstances listed on the relevant Law Society circular as follows (“the Circumstances”) is required to submit a Notice of Intention to Apply for a Practising Certificate (“the Notice”). One of the Circumstances is that a Solicitor has not been in full-time practice of law for 2 continuous years immediately prior to the giving of the Notice. The Council has agreed that absence from full-time practice of law for a period of not more than 6 months in aggregate during the 2-year period referred to in the section will not be treated as having broken the continuity requirement (see Circular 04-310(SD)).

(i)
Circulars 20-386(COM), 03-29 (SD)04-310 (SD) and Principle 13.09 of The Hong Kong Solicitors' Guide to Professional Conduct Volume 1, 3rd Edition

(ii) The "Notice of Intention to Apply for a Practising Certificate" form

(iii) “Notes on How to Fill in the Notice of Intention to Apply for a Practising Certificate (2021)”

(b) Application for Practising Certificate
The application fee for a 2021 practising certificate is HK$1,950 and 2021 membership subscription fee is HK$100 (see President’s Letter dated 24 April 2020).

According to Section 6(3) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance, a practising certificate shall not be issued unless the applicant has paid to the Law Society the membership subscription in respect of the year for which the practising certificate is to be issued. 

(iv)
The Application Form (2021) for Practising Certificate

(v)
“Notes on How to Fill in the Application Form for a Practising Certificate (2021)” to complete the Application Form

(vi)
The Statement of Compliance with CPD and RME Requirements – Solicitors (2021)

(vii)  Circular 20-226 (SD) on exemption and extension of time to complete CPD and RME requirements
(viii)  Circular 20-528 (SD) on completing the Statement of Compliance with CPD and RME Requirements 
(ix) Guidance Notes on completing the Statement of Compliance with CPD and RME Requirements 
(x)
The Credit Card Authorization Form (2021)

(c) Application for Law Society Membership/Membership Card
Please refer to the Law Society Membership section.
4. 2022 Practising Certificate

(a)
 Notice of Intention to Apply for a Practising Certificate

Any Solicitor whose application falls within any of the circumstances listed on the relevant Law Society circular as follows (“the Circumstances”) is required to submit a Notice of Intention to Apply for a Practising Certificate (“the Notice”). One of the Circumstances is that a Solicitor has not been in full-time practice of law for 2 continuous years immediately prior to the giving of the Notice. The Council has agreed that absence from full-time practice of law for a period of not more than 6 months in aggregate during the 2-year period referred to in the section will not be treated as having broken the continuity requirement (see Circular 04-310(SD)).

For a 2022 practising certificate, the Notice must be provided to the Law Society on or before 30 September 2021.
 

(i) Circulars 21-377 (COM)03-29 (SD)04-310 (SD) and Principle 13.09 of The Hong Kong Solicitors' Guide to Professional Conduct Volume 1, 3rd Edition


(ii) The "Notice of Intention to Apply for a Practising Certificate" form 


(iii) “Notes on How to Fill in the Notice of Intention to Apply for a Practising Certificate (2022)”

(b)
 Application for Practising Certificate
 

The application fee for a 2022 practising certificate is HK$6,500 and 2022 membership subscription fee is HK$2,500.

According to Section 6(3) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance, a practising certificate shall not be issued unless the applicant has paid to the Law Society the membership subscription in respect of the year for which the practising certificate is to be issued.
 

(iv) The Application Form (2022) for Practising Certificate


(v) “Notes on How to Fill in the Application Form for a Practising Certificate (2022)” 


(vi) The Statement of Compliance with CPD and RME Requirements – Solicitors (2022)


(vii) Circular 20-226 (SD) on exemption and extension of time to complete CPD and RME requirements

(viii) The Credit Card Authorization Form (2022)

(c)
 Application for Law Society Membership/Membership Card

Please refer to the ‘Law Society Membership’ section.

 

B.
Continuing Professional Development and Risk Management Education Requirements
For details of CPD and RME Requirements, please refer to the following sections:-
(a)
CPD Requirement
(b) RME Requirement
(c) CPD/RME Training Record
 For enquiries, please contact the Assistant Director, Professional Development at adpd@hklawsoc.org.hk.
C.
Removal of Partnership Conditions on a Practising Certificate
1. Circular 20-610 (COM) for removal of partnership condition and the procedure to be followed when making an application under Section 6(6) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance and Sample Application.
2. Circular 20-609 (COM) for the guidelines for removal of partnership condition and the procedure to be followed when making an application under Section 6(6A) of the Legal Practitioners Ordinance and Sample Application.

For enquiries, please contact the Assistant Director, Registration at regist@hklawsoc.org.hk.