If I have not held a practising certificate for some time, what are the implications?
Any solicitor not having held a certificate for more than 12 months may have a restriction imposed, as their application form will have to go to the Practising Certificate Committee for consideration. In this case, a restriction may last anything from 12 months to 24 months.
Any solicitor not having held a certificate for more than 12 months would also be subject to Disclosure Scotland procedure and compliance, which involves a further fee and can take up to six weeks. Practising certificates will not be issued until satisfactory completion of this process. Any issues disclosed on the Disclosure Scotland report may require to be considered by the Practising Certificate Committee.