To apply for your Practising Certificate (“PC”) for the practice year 2020/ 2021 (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021), please follow these steps.
1. Apply for professional indemnity insurance
2. Wait for the confirmation email
If you practised as partner or director, or if you were sole proprietor, or you held or received client’s money or conveyancing money, you will need to furnish an Accountant’s Report together with your PC Application.
The full calendar year (1st January to 30th December) preceding your PC Application or the period of time you last held a PC.
If your law practice did not hold or receive client’s money or conveyancing money, please prepare a Statutory Declaration in accordance with this specimen.
Please see point 5 below.
We encourage you to put in your PC Application as early in March as possible to allow ample time for Council of the Law Society to review your application.
Please note you need to declare in your application for PC if you have provided pro bono services in the preceding practice year and give details of each service including description of the specified pro bono service and total estimated amount of time (in hours) spent. ‘Specified pro bono service’ is defined in the Legal Profession (Mandatory Reporting of Specified Pro Bono Services) Rules 2015.
3. Additional Requirements for PC Application
3i) Voting in Annual Election of Council: Under section 50(2) Legal Profession Act (‘LPA’), a penalty of $500 is liable if you did not vote and have not been given a waiver from the voting requirement. A request for waiver under section 50(2) of the LPA (‘request’) is to be submitted before the advocate and solicitor submits the application for a PC. A request which is submitted after the application for a practising certificate and after the penalty of $500 has been paid will not be considered.
3ii) Continuing Professional Development: All advocates and solicitors admitted to the Singapore Supreme Court and holding Singapore Practising Certificates, and foreign lawyers registered under section 36B of the Legal Profession Act must meet the CPD requirements set out in the Legal Profession (Continuing Professional Development) Rules 2012 and the Guidelines made thereunder. Please ensure that you fulfil the requirements for CPD points before making your application for the PC. You can refer to the latest CPD guidelines here.
3iii) Certificates of Registration (CoR) issued by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA) expire after 1, 2 or 3 years depending on the type of registration and the registration period selected by the law practice in the application form. The expiry date of the CoR is stated in the certificate. Please note that providing legal services in or from Singapore without a valid CoR is prohibited under the Legal Profession Act. It is the responsibility of the Registrant and the law practice to take note of the expiry date and ensure that CoRs are renewed promptly.
Note: If the law practice would like to register for limited access to the Practising Certificate module in eLitigation, you can also make an application through the Service Bureaux.
4. Fees for Practising Certificate Application
No. of years
PC Fees per Year (before GST)
< 5 years
5 - 15 years
> 15 years
5. Legal Practice Management Course (LPMC)
Section 75C of the Legal Profession Act (‘LPA’) requires a solicitor to have successfully completed the Legal Practice Management Course before he/she can practice on his/her own account or as a partner or director of a law practice, unless the solicitor has already been in practice as a sole proprietor, partner or director before 9 March 2007.
Solicitors wishing to practice as a Sole Proprietor/Partner/Junior Partner/Equity Partner/Partner/Director/Associate Director must complete and submit the particulars and undertaking to complete the Legal Practice Management Course.
For avoidance of doubt, you are required to complete the Legal Practice Management Course if you intend to hold a designation with “Partner” or “Director” in it.
Click here for the particulars form and undertaking.
Click here if you wish to make an application under Section 75C(2) of the Legal Profession Act to shorten period of employment to practise as a sole proprietor, partner or director.
Please kindly submit your completed forms and undertaking to
For queries concerning accountant’s report(s)
Tel: 6538 2500 | Email Here.
For Pro Bono Services queries
Law Society Pro Bono Services
Tel: 6536 0650 | Email Here.
For Professional Indemnity Insurance queries
Lockton Companies (Singapore) Pte Ltd. Tel: 6326 9220 | Email Here.
For CPD queries
Singapore Institute of Legal Education
Tel: 6332 5367 | Contact Form
For waiver from voting for Annual Election of Council queries
Tel: 6332 4244 | Email Here.