Insight, Strategy, Action.

providing research, training & management advice to law firms throughout Australasia for the past 40 Years.

Insight, Strategy, Action.

providing research, training & management advice to law firms throughout Australasia for the past 40 Years.

Unrestricted Practising Certificate

A Practice Management Course provided by FMRC

Are you preparing to start your own legal practice? Or maybe you’re about to join a practice as its newest principal?

If you want to become a principal or sole practitioner of a law firm, you will need to undertake a compulsory Legal Practice Management Course in accordance with The Law Society of New South Wales.

‘Condition 3 is a discretionary condition imposed pursuant to s 53 of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) and Rule 16(b)(ii) of the Legal Profession Uniform General Rules 2015. If a practitioners’ practising certificate is held subject to this condition, they must complete a Practice Management Course before being able to practice as a principal of a law practice.’

All Legal Practice Management Courses at FRMC are fully approved to satisfy the legal requirements of the NSW Law Society.

About Legal Practice Management Courses

The Legal Practice Management Course is ideal to gain the skills you need to succeed as principal lawyer of a profitable law practice, or to enhance your legal education and business management skills.

Our experienced presenters will teach you the tools you need to deliver high quality services, engage your clientele, and run a successful legal practice for many years to come.

FMRC offers two Legal Practice Management Courses to suit your specific circumstances. Each course prepares you for the responsibilities and requirements of managing an Australian legal practice:

  • Small Firms and Sole Practitioners — This highly practical course will provide you with pragmatic solutions to real world, day to day challenges faced by sole practitioners and small firms.
  • Large Partnerships / Mid and Top Tier— This tailored program examines the strategic management issues relevant to new partners of Australia’s largest legal firms.

Why choose FMRC for Practice Management Courses?

Fast way to meet your requirements:
The FMRC course is unique in that it does not require any pre-work or pre-reading. Our course lets you cover sessions in three consecutive days which minimises disruption to your schedule. The Law Society of NSW is notified of satisfactory completion, 1 week after the workshop. Enjoy a practical, no-nonsense approach to adult learning.

Industry experts:
You will have the opportunity to discuss contemporary practice management issues with experienced legal business advisers. All FMRC presenters are acknowledged industry experts in their field. Most have an international reputation in the legal profession, and are able to bring their practical experience to life in the workshops.

Reputation for excellence:
FMRC was the first organisation to be accredited and invited to conduct the Practice Management Course in 1989.   For the past 30 years we have specialised in research, strategy and management training and advice to law firms.

How many MCLE points can you claim?

These tax deductible courses enable delegates to claim 10 MCLE points which covers the mandatory requirements of; Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Practice Management and Business Skills and Professional Skills.

Key topic areas include:

Learn the practice management strategies and methods used by some of the most successful Australasian law firms. Several key topic areas addressed in each FMRC Legal Practice Management Courses are:

  • Financial management
  • Leadership and people management
  • Business planning and strategy
  • Risk management
  • Marketing methods to grow your business
  • Taxation strategies
  • Trust accounting
  • Pricing your services
  • Retaining clientele
  • Ethics and responsibilities

Workshop fee

$1500.00 (GST Free) for all delegates and all courses. The fee includes all tuition and a dedicated electronic course manual.

Legal Practice Management Assessments:

FMRC Legal Practice Management Courses will cover all curriculum requirements set out by the Law Society, and engage in practical exercises to teach you how to run a successful law practice. Following the Practice Management Course, participants will be asked to complete these assessments tasks:

  • Written business plan utilising the FMRC Planning Template
  • Online Ethics and Professional Responsibility test
  • Online Trust Accounting test

Participants who don’t achieve satisfactory assessment results will receive additional coaching from FMRC experts to ensure they meet the required standard.

Participant Feedback

‘Pleasantly surprised at the value of the information and the manner of presentation’

‘Fast paced course, professionally produced and great support’

‘I found this course very useful and gave me the confidence in establishing an ILP’

‘The course was excellent and certainly helpful having just joined a Partnership’

‘Informative and practical introduction to becoming a Sole Practice’

‘Very engaging, a lot of content, and the online format was very useful’

‘High calibre of speakers, great topics, and candid advice’


If you have any questions, please contact our Workshop Co-ordinator on 02 9292 3377 or email

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