Unauthorised Practice

A person is qualified to practise law in Singapore if he/she is:

  • a Singapore lawyer whose name is on the roll and who has in force a practising certificate; or
     
  • a foreign lawyer registered with the Legal Services Regulatory Authority
     

An unauthorised person is a person whose name is not on the roll, or who does not have in force a practising certificate, or who is not registered with the Legal Services Regulatory Authority.

It is a criminal offence if an unauthorised person carries out any act that may be performed only by a qualified lawyer or if he/she pretends to be a qualified lawyer. The relevant provision is section 33 of the Legal Profession Act. The acts that may be performed only by a qualified lawyer are set out in section 33 of the Legal Profession Act and case law.