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Renewing your accreditation 

Submitting your renewal 

2016/2017 accreditation renewals have closed.

If you have not renewed your accreditation yet please refer to the information below and renew as soon as possible to keep your accreditation active.

Online renewal

Submit your personalised accreditation renewal form online by logging in to My Law Society on the Law Society website. 

If you do not know your login details, these can be retrieved by clicking on Don’t have a login?

Unable to renew online?

If you are unable to renew your acreditation online, please download the Renewal Form and submit as instructed. Specialists are encouraged to renew their accreditation online if possible.

CPD report

All specialists must submit a CPD report as part of their accreditation renewal. Specialists can download the Renewal CPD Report Template for this purpose.


The processing of renewals may take up to 3 weeks. A tax invoice and confirmation of your renewal will be sent once payment is received, processed and re-accreditation confirmed. Specialist Accreditation will contact the individual should there be a problem with their renewal.

Late renewals

Reminders will be sent to all specialists throughout the renewal period. Specialist Accreditation will contact the individual should their renewal not be received by the cut-off date (30 April 2016). Cancellation of accreditation may occur.

Find a Lawyer

From the 1 May 2016, any specialist with an outstanding renewal (or if the renewal is still being processed) will not have their accreditation listed on The Law Society website until it is finalised. Specialists are encouraged to renew their accreditation with ample time for processing. Specialist Accreditation endeavours to have as quick a turn-around as possible.

Renewal of Specialist Accreditation is an annual requirement for all specialists. This ensures that the standard expected of an Accredited Specialist is maintained.  

CPD extension

An extension of time to complete the required 10 CPD points (per area of accreditation) may be sought. There is no exemption relating to the fulfilment of CPD requirements for renewal.

Specialists should refer to page 9 of Information for Accredited Specialists for specific details.

Leave of Absence

Specialists may request leave of absence to help accommodate a short term or temporary change in their situation if it is thought that this may effect their ability to meet the renewal requirements for the next accreditation year. A request for a leave of absence must be made prior to the commencement of leave and is not granted retrospectively.

To request a Leave of Absence please submit a Leave of Absence form.

Specialists should refer to page 10 of Information for Accredited Specialists for specific details.

Exemption and discretion

Specialists are able to apply for an exemption from renewal requirement 3. Maintain a substantial involvement of not less than 25% of total practice in order to accommodate a significant change in work practices or for specialists who have moved into full-time academia. The exemption request will be determined by the Specialist Accreditation Board.

Specialists should refer to page 8 of Information for Accredited Specialists for specific details.

Update contact details with Registry

All specialist communications are sent using the contact details held by The Law Society Registry Department. All specialists are reminded to review and update their details by emailing registry@lawsociety.com.au.



  • Specialist Accreditation Program
  • The Law Society of NSW
  • 170 Phillip Street
  • Sydney NSW 2000
  • DX 362 Sydney
  • T: (02) 9926 0305
  • F: (02) 9926 0166
  • E: specialists@lawsociety.com.au