If you have taken or are planning to take parental leave, check how this may affect your application to practise on your own account as a barrister and solicitor.
If you have been working part-time, you may still meet the requirement of at least 3 successive or separated years of legal work totaling at least 4,830 hours in the last 5 years, and so be able to make an application. If this requirement is not met, you may still apply under regulation 12A.
As long as you have had 3 successive or separated years of legal experience in the 5 years immediately before your application and a total of 4,830 hours of work, you can make an application. If this requirement is not met, you may still apply under regulation 12A.
If applying under regulation 12A you must include a letter outlining why your application should be approved. Each application will be considered taking into account all the circumstances at the time of your application. Some of the relevant considerations include:
In some cases, applications may be referred to the Practice Approval Committee.