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Practising certificates at the New South Wales Bar

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This web site contains information on the process by which a person may apply to practise as a barrister in NSW. Which page you access depends on your current circumstances.

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A barrister whose principal place of practise is another Australian state or territory is entitled to practise in New South Wales by virtue of their practising certificate issued in their home jurisdiction. Learn More >>



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New Zealand practitioners may apply under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (Cth) for admission in the Supreme Court of NSW. This Act entitles NZ legal practitioners to apply for parallel recognition of their qualifications. Once admitted as a lawyer in NSW or another Australian state or territory, please contact our certification officer regarding practise as a barrister in NSW.

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All barristers who practise in NSW must hold a current PC issued in an Australian state or territory that entitles them to practise as a barrister.  Eligibility to apply for a NSW PC is determined largely by your principal place of practise More >>
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The policy to be applied to an application for a New South Wales barrister's practising certificate received from a lawyer who has previously held a New South Wales barrister’s practising certificate but has failed to renew their certificate.More >>

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Holding a NSW barrister's practising certificate and being a member of the NSW Bar Association are distinctly separate. More >>

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    Relevant Acts, Rules & Regulations
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picThere are certain types of work that a barrister is not permitted to do, as set out in the Barristers' Rules, the Legal Profession Act and the Legal Profession Rules.

    The legal services commissioner
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picRegulating barristersThe New South Wales Legal Services Commissioner is the overseeing regulator of barristers.


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