Practising certificate and periodic fees

23 June 2017

The below information relates to the 2017 practising certificate renewal exercise.

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Individual fees

Every solicitor seeking a practising certificate (PC) and every European (REL) or foreign lawyer (RFL) seeking to register is required to pay an annual fee.

Practising certificates

The practising certificate renewal fee for 2017/18 is £318.

This includes the regulatory fee of £278 and a compensation fund contribution of £40

For practising certificates issued part way through the year the fee will be pro-rated.

January – March £261
April – June £203
July – October £146

Each of the above fees includes a compensation fund contribution of £40.

Registrations

The registration renewal fee for registered European and foreign lawyers for 2017/18 is £318.

This includes the regulatory fee of £278 and a compensation fund contribution of £40

For registrations issued part way through the year the fee will be pro-rated.

January – March £261
April – June £203
July – October £146

Each of the above fees includes a compensation fund contribution of £40.

Reduced fees

You are entitled to a reduced fee if you are on maternity leave (or equivalent) or have been during the 2016/17 practising year. The fees are reduced to:

October - December £203
January – March £174
April – June £146
July – October £117

Each of the above fees includes a compensation fund contribution of £40.

The registration fee for RFLs based at an office outside of England and Wales is £140. This is a regulatory fee of £100 and a compensation fund contribution of £40.

All above fees include an application handling fee of £48. Dates ranges quoted apply to the date that the PC is issued.

All practising and registration certificates will be issued with an expiry date of 31 October 2018.

Compensation Fund

Each practising certificate or registration fee contains a contribution to the Compensation Fund. This does not include Crown Prosecutors who are exempt from making the contribution. If you need to request an exemption please contact us.

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