​​​​Condit​ional ad​mission

​Section 20 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) provides for the Board to recommend in a compliance certificate in respect of a foreign lawyer that the foreign lawyer be admitted subject to conditions of one or more of the following kinds:

a) a condition limiting the period of the foreign lawyer's admission

b) a condition requiring the foreign lawyer to undertake particular academic or practical legal training or both

c) a condition requiring the foreign lawyer to engage in supervised legal practice

d) a condition limiting the area of law in which the foreign lawyer may engage in legal practice

e) a condition otherwise restricting the foreign lawyer's practising entitlements.

​A 'foreign lawyer' means an individual who is properly registered or authorised to engage in legal practice in a foreign country by the foreign registration authority for the country.

Before applying for conditional admission

A foreign lawyer who proposes to apply for conditional admission must first apply for assessment of his or her qualifications and skills using Form 16 and Form 17. Further information about applying for assessment is in Sections 5 and 7 of the Guide for Applicants for Admission as a Lawyer.

However, a foreign lawyer who proposes to apply for conditional admission for a limited period, in order to act in relation to one or more particular matters, is not required to first apply for an assessment of his or her qualifications. Instead such an applicant must attach original or notarised evidence of those qualifications to his or her application for admission.

Information about how to apply for conditional admission is in section 10 of the Guide for Applicants for Admission as a Lawyer.