Rule D1: Practising Certificates

Application for practising certificate

1.1 A solicitor who wishes to obtain a practising certificate for a practice year shall complete and submit an application in, or substantially in, such form as may be prescribed from time to time by the Council.

Issue of practising certificate  

1.2.1 Subject to sections 14(2) and 15 of the 1980 Act and to rule 1.3, on receipt of an application which has been duly completed, the Council shall issue a practising certificate to the applicant without delay.

1.2.2practising certificate shall be in, or substantially in, such form as may be prescribed from time to time by the Council.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

1.3 The Council shall not issue a practising certificate to any solicitor making an application unless he provides, with his application:

(a) evidence that a certificate of insurance has been issued to the practice unit of which he is a manager for the practice year for which the application is made, in terms of the master policy taken out and maintained by the Society pursuant to rule 7.1.2 in Section B; or

(b) where rule 7.1.6 in Section B applies, evidence that a certificate of insurance satisfying the requirements of rule 7.1.7(b) in Section B has been issued to him or the multi-national practice of which he is a manager for the practice year for which the application is made; or

(c) a declaration that he is not a manager.

Register of applications and practising certificates issued

1.4.1 The Council shall keep, in respect of each practice year, a register of the applications and of practising certificates issued.

1.4.2 The register shall be in, or substantially in, such form as may be prescribed from time to time by the Council.

The register shall be open for inspection by any person within office hours without payment.

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