The Law Society’s International department often receives queries from our members about how to check Australian lawyers’ credentials. To assist our members we have put together a quick guide on how to go about this task.
In Australia, there are eight separate jurisdictions which register lawyers, and in some jurisdictions the credentials of barristers and solicitors are held separately (in Australia, some jurisdictions have a fused profession). This means you may need to check separate databases.
Below are links to the databases of lawyers holding practicing certificates in each relevant Australian jurisdiction. Please note, lawyers may be registered in one state or territory, but be physically located in a different state or territory.
Australian Capital Territory
Solicitors - Australian Capital Territory Law Society
Barristers - Australian Capital Territory Bar Association
New South Wales
Solicitors - Law Society of New South Wales
Barristers - New South Wales Bar
Solicitors and Barristers - Law Society of the Northern Territory
Solicitors - Queensland Law Society
Barristers - Bar Association of Queensland
Solicitors and Barristers - The Law Society of South Australia
Solicitors and Barristers - The Law Society of Tasmania
Solicitors and Barristers - The Law Insitute of Victoria
Solicitors and Barristers - Legal Practice Board of Western Australia
Solicitors - The Law Society of Western Australia
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