Queensland Law Society
PMC

Steps to obtaining your principal practising certificate

A legal practitioner who holds a current PMC Statement or is granted an exemption or deferment by QLS’s General Manager, Professional Leadership, is eligible to be issued a Principal Practising Certificate. Additionally, a legal practitioner who was admitted in Queensland before 17 December 1988 is eligible to be issued a Principal Practising Certificate without holding a current PMC Statement (refer to Part 5, Rule 40 of the Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005).

A practitioner who holds a Principal Practising Certificate is entitled to engage in legal practice either as a partner of a law firm, as a sole practitioner, or as a legal practitioner director subject to any restrictions, limitations or conditions as outlined in Rule 13 of the Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005.

The following criteria must be met before you are able to call yourself a ‘partner’ or ‘principal’:

  1. You must have been admitted in Queensland prior to 17 December 1988, have successfully completed the PMC or have been given formal notification that your exemption/deferment application is approved.
  2. If you have completed the PMC, your PMC Statement must be current (see Rules 31 of the Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005).
  3. You must give formal notification of your partnership appointment or your intent to engage in sole practice to QLS’s Records and Member Services Team.
  4. You must complete an insurance questionnaire provided by QLS and pay the issued tax invoice for insurance and upgraded fees. 

Once these criteria are met, you will be eligible to receive your upgraded Principal Practising Certificate.

Please note: Non-directors of Incorporated Legal Practices are not eligible for a Principal Practising Certificate. The legal practitioner must be a director of an Incorporated Legal Practice to hold a Principal Practising Certificate.

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