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Changing employers

When you transfer from one practice or organisation to another, any refund of the practising fee is a matter between you and your former employer.

If your practising fee was paid by your employer, and you are transferring from one employer to another, or you want to retain a current practising certificate, you should discuss with your original employer any refund that might be due.

You are responsible for ensuring you hold a current practising certificate, so the arrangements for payment and any refund due is between you and your employing firm.

No longer require a practising certificate

To obtain a refund from the Law Society, you must complete the refund request form and return your current practising certificate. The refund is pro-rated on the basis of the number of days remaining in the practising year.

It would be helpful if you could also advise your future contact details such as your personal email address. These details would be held by the Law Society and would not be available to the public.

The arrangements for payment and any refund due are matters between you and your employing firm.

For an indication of the refund due at any particular time please contact Registry.

If you cease to hold a practising certificate, your name will no longer appear on the Register of Lawyers.

Practise on own account as  a barrister and solicitor

If you wish to practise on own account, as a barrister and solicitor, with or without a trust account, please refer to the information on practice on own account.

Practise on own account as a barrister

If you wish to practise on your own account as a barrister, please refer to the information on starting practice as a barrister.

Last updated on the 3rd June 2015