Our renewal period is now open. Please sign-in to our members' area to renew your membership for 2021/22. All fees are laid out below.

Fees for practising certificate holders (01 Nov 2021 - 31 Oct 2022)
Solicitor Partner (manager) In-house solicitor Newly admitted up to 3 years PQE
Roll fee £105 £105 £105 £105
Practising certificate £517.50** £517.50** £517.50** £258.75**
Client Protection Fund Nil Nil Nil* Nil
Accounts fee Nil £378 / £464(AML)** Nil Nil
Total £622.50 £1000.50/ £1086.50 (AML) £622.50 £363.75

**reduced by 10% from 2019/20 fees as part of the second phase of the £2.2m financial package approved by members

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.

For 2021/22, the client protection fund contribution for law firm partners will be reduced to zero, as part of the second phase of our continued financial support for the profession. 

*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 £210 / £105 pro rata (ex. roll fee)
Roll only £105
Registered Foreign Lawyers £150
Accredited Paralegals £125
Student membership Free
Multi-national practices £400*
Incorporated practices £400*
Notary Public £236*
Fellow £250
* one-off fees