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Solicitor admitted in England and Wales

The following page outlines the procedure for applying for Admission to the Roll of Solicitors in Northern Ireland for Solicitors already admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

Applicants should allow a minimum of three months for the application process to be completed.

Application and Declaration

The intending applicant must complete application form EF5 in conjunction with guidance document EG1, both of which available for download below. The application contains a number of declarations which the applicant has to make regarding criminal convictions, insolvency and professional misconduct.

The Society's Character and Fitness Policy is accessible by clicking here.

A number of documents have to be submitted. These are listed below.

a) a Certificate of Good Standing from any and all jurisdictions in which the solicitor has been admitted stating that the applicant is a fit and proper person to practice as a solicitor in Northern Ireland;

b) a certified copy of the applicant's original Admission Certificate from any and all jurisdictions in which the solicitor has been admitted;

c) a description of the applicant's experience since admission, in chronological order

d) two character references, the referees must be solicitors or members of the applicant's professional body of at least five years standing. If the applicant is currently in employment one of the referees must be from his/her current firm.

The application and all accompanying supporting documentation should be emailed to admissions@lawsoc-ni.org.

Payment

The application fee is £150.

Payment should be made via bank transfer. We no longer accept payment via cheque. Bank details are outlined on the guidance document.

If and when an applicant has been admitted to the Roll they may apply for a Practising Certificate.

Please note: all newly admitted solicitors are subject to three year's restriction from practice on their own account i.e. as principals or sole practitioners. In certain circumstances the Society may grant a waiver of this restriction.

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