FAQs for CLC Lawyers looking to reinstate a lapsed licence

After a licence has lapsed (for any period) it is not automatically re-instated. You will need to demonstrate that you continue to meet the CLC’s licensing and professional standards. If you are also regulated by another regulator, such as the SRA or FILEx, we will carry out disciplinary checks with this licensing body.

Q. My licence lapsed in the last two years (due to parental leave, career break, working in another sector), can I automatically reinstate my licence?

A. Yes, but before contacting us to reinstate your licence you should complete the standard annual 6 or 12 hours CPD requirement to hold a CLC licence (employed or manager). This will evidence that you have maintained your legal knowledge. More information on the various learning activities that could count towards CPD hours can be found HERE.

You will be asked to provide a copy of your most recent training record detailing the types of activities that you have completed. You should contact the licensing team licensing@clc-uk.org to make the request and ensure we hold accurate up to date personal information about you.

Q. My licence lapsed more than two years but less than six years ago, can I reinstate my licence?

A. Yes, but first you will need to demonstrate that your legal knowledge is up to date by passing one of the following units on the SQA qualifications framework:

To reinstate a Conveyancing Licence
• SQA Level 6 Diploma – Unit: Conveyancing Law and Practice

To reinstate a Probate Licence
• SQA Level 6 Diploma – Unit: The Administration of Estates

(*See below for fees applicable)

We will ask you to complete a personal information form and you will also be required to complete and pay for financial and criminality checks. The CLC carries out these checks using the credit reference agency Experian.

Q. My licence lapsed more than six years ago. Can I reinstate my licence?

A. No, you should pay for and submit a new licence application which should include:

  1. a copy of your most recent licence:
  2. evidence that you have passed one of the following units on the SQA qualifications framework with your application:
  3. the standard criminality and credit reference checks:

To reinstate a Conveyancing Licence
• SQA Level 6 Diploma – Unit: Conveyancing Law and Practice

To reinstate a Probate Licence
• SQA Level 6 Diploma – Unit: The Administration of Estates

4. plus 300 hours practical experience. You can evidence this by completing a CLC Statement of Practice Experience in Conveyancing and Probate.

(*See below for fees applicable)

Application Fees:

  1. Reinstatement of Employed Licence – £75.00 application fee, or
  2. Reinstatement of Manager Licence – £150.00 application fee, and
  3. You will also be required to complete and pay for financial and criminality checks. The CLC carries out these checks using the credit reference agency Experian.

    Please note: With the exception of applicants seeking to reinstate a Lapsed licence (less than 2 years), all other reinstatement applications required the applicant to complete and pay for the CLC’s enhanced level criminality and financial checks, which includes a Standard DBS check.

    Please see our universal guidance for applicants here.

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