Practising Certificate (PC) Renewal 2021

18/12/2020

Applications are now open for the 2021 PC Renewal. Submit your online form and payment by 1 February 2021.

Renewal online

In response to Covid-19 restrictions and in order to secure an efficient and timely renewal, all applications for the practising certificate renewal period will be made online. This includes applications for practising certificates, qualifying certificates, memberships, service of State, life cover, certificates of good standing and the new certificate of attestation for solicitors based outside the jurisdiction.

To renew, you must log in to the Law Society website with your solicitor number and password to open your pre-populated 2021 application form and submit with payment. Payments can be made through electronic bank transfer, or by credit / debit card.

The deadline for receipt by the Society of completed forms, together with full payment of fees, is Monday 1 February 2021.  Please note that bank transfers must be received by the Society, not just issued from your bank account, on that date. 

Support for solicitors and firms

The Society has been preparing to support an online-only renewal with new forms of application, provision of digital downloadable practising certificates, and improved Firm Administrator tools to assist firms with managing the renewal. 

Website support

To ensure the website works properly on your device, we would recommend that you use the latest version of:

  • Google Chrome 
  • Microsoft Edge (Chromium), or
  • Mozilla Firefox

You can also find links to key information below.

Regulatory information

Find useful guidance for your application, and information on how your personal data will be processed, below.

Getting help

The following support teams are ready to help depending on the nature of your query:

Online chat is also available on key pages of the website during business hours should you need assistance from these teams.

Membership of the Society

Almost all firms take out membership of the Society for their solicitors during the PC renewal. The benefits of membership are detailed in our Member Services Directory

In addition to the wide range of services provided for members – including the Gazette, Law Directory, library services, practising member logo and attendance at the AGM – membership also gives you a voice in the future of the profession, with the right to vote in annual and provincial elections to the Council. Solicitors who are admitted over fifty years are entitled to free membership. If you are eligible, this reduction of €85 is automatically reflected on your PC form.

The Membership-only form is now live.