Locum Practice

A locum solicitor is engaged on a temporary or freelance basis by one or more law practices.

A locum Practising Certificate ("PC") issued by the Registrar of the Supreme Court is required before one may practise as a locum solicitor. The processes and procedures for applying for a locum PC are similar to that of application for a PC for full-time practice save that certain special qualifications and restrictions apply for locum PC applicants.

Special Qualifications
  • Only Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents may apply for locum PCs; and

  • 10 hours of mandatory training by the Law Society is required to be completed by you unless you had either :

    • practised in a Singapore law practice or been employed as a legal officer for 3 years out of 5 years immediately preceding the application; or

    • practised as a locum solicitor at any time within the period of 3 years immediately preceding the application.

Training Requirements

The training required for purposes of an application for a locum PC shall comprise 10 hours of training approved by the Council of the Law Society. 6 hours (out of the 10 hours) of training must be in any of the following areas of practice:

Category 1

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Commercial/corporate/employment/corporate finance/commercial finance

Category 2

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Conveyancing/banking

Category 3

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Criminal Law

Category 4

 

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Dispute resolution processes & procedure (including litigation, arbitration, mediation, adjudication)

Category 5

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Information technology/intellectual property

Category 6

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Infrastructure/projects/construction

Category 7

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Insurance/probate & administration/wills/trusts/tax/wealth management

Category 8

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Matrimonial/family law

Category 9

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Shipping/admiralty/international trade

 

The total 10 hours’ training must be completed during the period of 12 months immediately preceding the application for a locum PC. The remaining 4 hours may be in any of the practice areas listed in the categories above and/or areas related to the practice of law.

Such training must be provided by an institution or body approved by Council. The recognised training providers are:

  1.  Law Society of Singapore;
  2.  Attorney-General’s Chambers;
  3.  Singapore Institute of Legal Education;
  4.  Singapore Academy of Law;
  5.  National University of Singapore;
  6.  Singapore Management University;
  7.  Nanyang Technological University;
  8.  Singapore Institute of Arbitrators;
  9.  Singapore International Arbitration Centre;
  10. IP Academy;
  11. Tax Academy;
  12. Supreme Court;
  13. Subordinate Court;
  14. Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore;
  15. Society of Construction Law Singapore;
  16. Singapore Corporate Counsel Association.

Restrictions

  • You cannot be or continue to be a sole-proprietor, partner or director of a law practice, or a full-time employee of a law practice;

  • You cannot hold or receive clients' money or conveyancing money or trust money or any security on behalf of a client;

  • You cannot open, maintain or operate any client or conveyancing account or conveyancing (CPF )account or trust account, and you cannot give instructions in respect of any such account;

  • You cannot sign any cheque or effect any instruction for the withdrawal of money from a client account, conveyancing account, conveyancing (CPF )account or trust account;

  • You cannot sign any bill of costs (referred to in section 118 of the Legal Profession Act) or any letter accompanying such bill;

  • You cannot act as a solicitor-trustee.

  • You must be supervised by a proprietor, partner or director of the law practice which engages you as a locum solicitor.