Queensland Law Society has recently implemented a new myQLS portal for legal practices and individuals to commence using during the practising certificate renewal process. Like with any new system, we understand there may difficulties in using this new portal for the first time and that the new system might not work as it should. If you are having difficulties please contact us, but note both our call and email volumes are high during this time. We ask for your patience and understanding as we endeavour to answer queries.
Practising Certificate Renewal
Practising Certificate and Membership Renewal will open Monday 16 May 2022. Applications for renewal of practising certificates are made under section 50 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (Act). All legal practitioners in Queensland, apart from those employed as government legal officers, are required to hold a current practising certificate (section 24 of the Act).
Practitioners can renew their QLS membership at the same time as renewing their practising certificate. Find out more about the Benefits of a QLS membership.
Information for Organisations
If a firm pays for practising certificates and QLS membership for employed solicitors, consider what your policy will be on paying for these items in 2022-23. We recommend you communicate this position to all your practitioners. The option to pay, or not to pay, for practising certificates/QLS membership is available on the payment review page of the online renewals form.
Please ensure all practitioners have created a login to the new myQLS portal. If this step has not been undertaken, practitioners cannot apply for their practising certificate. Practitioners would have received an invitation in April containing a unique link to enable them to create a new login. If practitioners have any questions or issues, they will need to contact email@example.com.
Browse information and frequently asked questions about completing the renewal process for organisations.
Information for Practitioners
In April, you would have received an email containing a unique link to create a login for the new MyQLS portal. If you have not completed this step, you will not be able to apply for a renewal of a practising certificate. If you have any questions or issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Information to help you complete your online renewal for your practising certificate and QLS membership is below.
Applications and payment must be made by 31 May 2022.
Browse information and frequently asked questions about completing the renewal process for individuals.
Making a request for change to your Practising Certificate during renewals
If you would like to change your practising certificate type from 1 July 2022, complete the renewal process and submit the additional required documentation via the portal.
QLS has provided a list of current practising certificate types and the action required to change them to your new practising certificate type.
Professional Standards (Limitation of Liability) Scheme
A new scheme commences 1 July 2022. Practitioners who are members of the Society and are associated with a law practice automatically participate in the QLS Professional Standards (Limitation of Liability) Scheme unless they apply for an exemption. Before starting renewals, organisations should make sure employees know whether to apply for exemption from the Scheme. If they do not seek exemption on their membership renewal form, they will be charged the administration fee for the Scheme.