Opening a practice

This page provides important information and resources to help you meet the regulatory requirements for opening a firm.

Practising Certificate 

To commence practising on your own behalf you must hold a current practising certificate. To apply for a practising certificate, and for more information on the application process, see Practising Certificate 

Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover & Commencement in Practice forms 

As a new firm, you are also required to obtain Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) cover from a qualified insurer. For lists of insurers and brokers, along with other information and PII updates, see Insurance (PII).  

When you open a practice, please ensure your insurer or broker completes and submits the Confirmation of cover form. Once done, it is necessary to complete and return to the Law Society a copy of the Commencement in Practice form. 


A range of resources are available to assist you with every step of opening a practice. This section provides helpful explainer information on the following areas: 

Guides and information leaflets 

Information sessions 

Contact us

Setting up in Practice advisory service 

A service has been developed aimed at new solicitors’ firms. This service is subsidised by the Law Society, with the cost to a member being €150. Upon receipt of a completed Commencement in Practice Form, the Law Society writes directly to new firms to inform them about this service and how they can avail of it. 

For more inforamtion, please