Removing your supervised legal practice condition
Once you’ve completed your supervised legal practice period, you must apply to remove your supervised legal practice condition from your practising certificate before you can practise without supervision. This doesn’t happen automatically.
Your application must include a statutory declaration and attach a supporting letter/s from your relevant supervisor/s. The letter from your supervisor must be printed on their law practice’s letterhead.
You can download a template statutory declaration and template supervisor’s letter from our website and use these to apply for the removal of your supervised legal practice condition.
Please note that we will accept electronic signatures on the letter from your supervisor. You can send the letter and application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Failure to remove your supervised legal practice condition
If you don’t have your supervised legal practice condition removed, you must continue to be supervised. The condition will remain on your certificate until we’ve received your application and decided that it can be removed. This means that you can’t supervise another lawyer until your certificate no longer carries the supervision condition.
If you supervise someone else while you still have this condition on your practising certificate, the other person can’t claim the time that you supervised them. You may also face disciplinary action for practising outside the conditions on your certificate.
What happens if you are not being supervised?
If you have a supervised legal practice condition on your certificate but you no longer have anyone supervising you, you must stop practising law. This might happen if your supervisor leaves the practice or can’t continue to supervise you and they haven’t arranged an alternative for you. You will need to arrange for another appropriate lawyer to supervise you.
If you continue to practise without supervision you may face disciplinary action for practising outside the conditions on your certificate.