Fees for practising certificate holders
Solicitor Partner (manager) In-house solicitor Newly admitted up to 3 years PQE
Roll fee £100 £100 £100 £100
Practising certificate £565 £565 £565 £282.50
Client Protection Fund Nil £180 Nil* Nil
Accounts fee Nil £410 / £474 (AML) Nil Nil
Total £665 £1255 / £1319 (AML) £665 £382.50
Practising Certificate

The practising certificate fee is calculated on a pro rata basis. The roll fee is not.

Newly admitted

Individuals being admitted to the roll of solicitors for the first time only pay a half rate for the practising certificate fee for the first three years. This applies to practise years and not calendar years. This timeframe will commence, regardless of whether or not you take out a practising certificate, from the start of the practice year in which you were admitted to the roll.

Client Protection Fund

The Client Protection Fund is the operating name of the Guarantee Fund. Contributions to the fund and accounts fees are not pro rata. Only principals pay the fees. However, some solicitors who are principals outwith Scotland may have to pay them.

*In-house solicitors must confirm their exemption from paying. See the flow diagram for more details.

Scottish Legal Complaints levy

Solicitors must also pay a levy to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission which the Law Society is required to collect in June of each year.

Master Policy subscription

Solicitors in Scottish legal practices also have a fee for professional indemnity cover (the Master Policy) which is levied by Locktons. Full payment is due regardless of month assumed as partner. Generally, managers in private practice including partners of a firm, members of a limited liability partnership and directors of an incorporated practice providing legal services directly to the public, are required to make a payment. The declaration on your renewal form is correct in relation to your current relationship.

Information on other membership fees
Category Fee
Non-practising member £102.50 / £205 pro rata (ex. roll fee)
Roll only £100
Registered Foreign Lawyers £150
Registered European Lawyers £565
Accredited Paralegals £110
Student membership Free
Multi-national practices £400*
Incorporated practices £400*
Notary Public £236*
* one-off fees