Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our law website FAQ section! We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you don’t see the answer to your question on our website, please feel free to contact us directly. Our team of experienced lawyers is here to help you.

Member Services/ ICT

Log in to your LSK online portal and click on “Click to Apply for Practicing Certificate” on the dashboard.The system will redirect you to a new window with the current year’s row and the “Apply” button on it. Click on the “Apply” button to begin the online application.    

Fill in your bio-data in the first page and follow the prompts to the last page whereby you will finish the application. Thereafter, an invoice will be auto generated and sent to you via email.  

Note: In case the “Click to Apply for Practicing Certificate” button is not available on your dashboard for some reason, kindly contact member services via [email protected]

Sole proprietors and partners are required to upload the following; 

  1. Duly signed Declaration form, – Slot 1 
  2. Accountants’ certificate for the previous year (The accounting period should be specific on the dates audited i.e. 01st January 202* to 31st December 202*, or, Year Ending 31st December 202*), – Slot 2
  3. Law firm registration certificate, – Slot 3
  4. A current Professional Indemnity cover for the firm. – Slot 4 

All other types of nature of engagement upload a duly signed declaration form and a commissioned statutory declaration form. 

To activate your LSK Account kindly search ( on your browser. Click on the “Login” button on the top right, enter your admission number in the format *****/** and click on “Proceed“, click on “Forgot Password / Activate Account” feature in the page displayed. A password reset link will be sent to the email address registered with the Judiciary on admission.    

In case you don’t receive the link in your inbox kindly check in the spam/junk folder. Always use the most recent link in case you’ve tried severally and have received multiple links.  

Issue a notice of intention to apply for PC as required under section 25 of the Advocates Act and also fill a statutory declaration form which should be commissioned. 

Have both delivered in duplicate at the Chief Registrar’s Office – Advocates’ Section, Room 61 and thereafter share with us a copy which bears the Judiciary stamp via email to enable us place it before the Council for consideration. 

Write a signed letter seeking for an update of the details which should be clearly highlighted on the letter, address the letter to; 

The Secretary/CEO 

Law Society of Kenya 

Lavington, opp Valley Arcade, Gitanga Road   

P.O Box 72219 - 00200 | Nairobi, Kenya 

 In addition to the signed letter, a copy of your national ID is required, the documents can either be emailed via [email protected] or physically dropped at the LSK main office. 

Note: Bio-data details include email address, profile picture, telephone number, 

Send your request to unlock account via email, [email protected] .When sending the request kindly confirm your email address captured in our system (if not the one sending the request), your phone number and your ID number.

Use the “Forgot Password / Activate Account?” feature on the online portal and follow the prompts to set up your new password.

You need to ensure your account is activated by going to and key in your P105 number. An activation link will be sent to your email. If your email address in not registered with LSK please write to [email protected]

Login to your LSK account and while on the dashboard you will see a link to apply for the practicing certificate for the current year. An online form will open whereby you will fill in your practicing details and submit.

After online submission, you will get an invoice with the amount payable through your email address and also on your portal; print your declaration form in duplicate, pay the invoice amount in the LSK Account – KCB Bank or Mpesa and submit the printed and signed forms to the Secretariat.

NOTE: You need to be CPD and DCC (Disciplinary) compliant to be able to make the application.


It can be accessed from the LSK website under the downloads section.

To make payments for any CPD event, book online as the first step, get an invoice and proceed to make payment. This can be done through For a detailed illustration on how to book and make payments for a CPD seminar online, click on the link LSK Online Booking for Continuous Professional Development Manual.

Two days before the particular event.

An advocate is exempted if: one is a State Counsel, a Judicial Officer, on account of age, one is out of the Country, medical grounds or any other reason the CPD Committee considers appropriate.

Applications are made to the Secretary/CEO and forwarded to the Secretariat. All applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence. The applications are normally placed before the CPD Committee for determination. The Committee sits once a month hence the applications take a minimum of six weeks to process.

Exemption fee is Kshs 1000 for every year the applicant wishes to be exempted.

An organization interested to conduct trainings for lawyers should make an application to the CPD Committee through the Secretary/CEO accompanied by background information of the organization and details of the training they wish to conduct.

The applications are usually placed before the CPD Committee for consideration. Upon approval the organization will be required to pay Kshs. 500, 000 for several courses and Kshs. 120, 000 for a single training.

A member can check his/her points on the advocates’ portal.

Login to your profile with your credentials and proceed to the dashboard. Click on the CPD section and check your points.

Members are required to make an individual application for accreditation accompanied by the certificate of participation or any other proof of attendance. Participants are also required to pay Kshs 1000 for every course.

     NB. Participants only qualify for award of CPD units/points if the organizer is accredited by the Law Society of Kenya

Individuals interested should send applications to the LSK Secretariat addressed to the Chairman, Committee on Continuing Professional Development (CCPD). The applications are placed before the CPD Committee for vetting and approval.

Compliance & Ethics

One automatically becomes a member upon admission to the roll of advocates.

You can file a complaint against an advocate before the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) or the Advocates Complaints Commission (ACC).

Write a formal letter addressed to the Secretary/CEO of the two institutions (Law Society of Kenya (LSK) & Advocates Complaints Commission (ACC).

A standard letter of recommendation from either Law Society of Kenya or Advocates Complaints Commission addressing one’s professional standing.

  1. Who gets a COG? Only advocates admitted to the High Court of Kenya without any open disciplinary matter.
  2. How do I determine whether a lawyer is in good standing? Write an enquiry through email or letter to the departmental head, Compliance & Ethics.
  3. How do I obtain a certificate of good standing? An advocate is required to make a request in writing to the relevant institution and upon payment of the requisite amount.

LSK charges as follows:

(i) Advocates with a current Practising Certificate – Kshs. 1500.

(ii) Advocates without a current Practising Certificate – Kshs. 2000.

4. Is the COG available on the advocate’s portal for download? Yes it is.

By making a formal application to LSK with the desired name for approval which should include the particulars of the Advocates in the Firm.

A Cover letter (indicating members therein), attaching the Certificate of Registration and Professional Indemnity Cover.

Submitting duplicate applications and six (6) concurrent Practising Certificates to the Registrar, room 61, Advocates Section, Supreme Court.

Submitting duplicate applications and four (4) concurrent Practising Certificates to the Registrar, room 61, Advocates Section, Supreme Court.

By serving the Registrar (Supreme Court, Advocates section, room 61) with an application of the same and forwarding a copy to the Secretariat (LSK).

A maximum of six (6) weeks. The application is tabled before the Council for approval in liaison with the Office of the Registrar. Upon consideration of the application a letter of communication is issued to the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary and a copy to the applicant. The Chief Registrar of Judiciary then invites the applicant for signing of roll for Notary of Public and Commissioner.

Practice Standards Directorate

By logging in to the LSK search engine on [email protected] and typing in the name of the advocate. The search will show a genuine advocate to ‘active’ in status.

Any person who has been admitted to the Roll of Advocates in the High Court of Kenya.

This is a person who offers legal services and is not admitted to the Roll of Advocates in Kenya.

By requesting that they give you the practicing number that starts with P.105 number which you use to check their active status on [email protected].

By notifying the Police who will initiate an investigation the police will liaise with the LSK as regards the prosecuting the case.

  1. Advocates who have been admitted in the High Court of Uganda, or the High Court of Tanzania need to institute a petition to the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary of Kenya and send a copy to the Secretary LSK for determination.
  2. Other advocates admitted of the superior court of a country within the Commonwealth need to submit with the petition in 1 above proof to the LSK that —
    (i) have practiced as such in that country for a period of not less
         than five years; and
    (ii) is a member in good standing of the relevant professional
    body in that country.
  • The Letter of No Objection is ONLY issued when registering a new law firm.
  • Provide the preferred name for registration.
  • Provide the statement of particulars or reservation certificate as obtained from the business registrar (BN2).
  • Provide the name of the partner(s) to the outfit you are about to register and indicate if it is a sole proprietorship or not. Ensure compliance with the Advocates (Practice) Rules 1966.
  • Provide your Practicing Certificate (s) for the current year.
  • Request done by email [email protected] or by hand to the Director Practice Standards

Public Interest & Litigation

There are several sources of legal information:

  • The LSK website which contains information on legal emerging trends;
  • Making enquiries by calling the Secretariat via (+254 111 045 300, 0111 231 010 or writing to the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer via [email protected] and/or
  • Consulting our membership in their offices on any legal queries.
  • Yes, the society runs a scheme which has over 1000 Advocates offering their services pro bono (free of charge).
  • Free legal service is offered to those who meet a set criteria as pro bono clients.

The Criteria being:

  • That the client will present the details and documentation required and
  • Case referral is dependent on the availability of the advocate of the required area of practice etc.
  • One may obtain pro bono (free legal services) through the scheme which has over 1000 Advocates offering their services pro bono.
  • Free legal service is offered to those who meet the set criteria (as stated above) for pro bono clients.


By sending a request/ making an enquiry for advertising through LSK email, [email protected] or via telephone enquiries via (+254 111 045 300)

  • Law firms                      Kshs. 10,000
  • Non-Law Firms              Kshs. 20,000

By sending a request making an enquiry for advertising through LSK email, [email protected] or via telephone enquiries via (+254 111 045 300)

A requirement of payment of the advert to be placed as per the below rate card and location of placement of your advert within the magazine.

Advocate Magazine (published bi-annually)

  • Double page spread                   Kshs. 500,000
  • Full page                                    Kshs. 300,000
  • Strip front page                          Kshs. 200,000
  • Half Page                                  150,000
  • Quarter page                             75,000

In cases when your email is not in the mailing list or incorrect email then you are likely not to receive notifications. Members are encouraged to confirm elaborate in all the categories in their email box.

Both publications are published biannually (twice a year).

A call for articles is sent out periodically to members inviting them to send in their articles based on the theme for the publication especially the Advocate Magazine Annual conference issue. Members interested are to respond within the stipulated timelines.

All queries are redirected to the LSK official email address thereafter forwarded to the relevant departments for action. In cases where the department may not be able to give an immediate answer, we ask for contact details of the individual.

Parliamentary Affairs

Yes. They were adopted under the Land Registration Act.

No. The amendments were made under the Advocates’ Act and the LSK is yet to develop the regulations, therefore, status quo is maintained.

Are they operational? The Regulations were passed in June 2018 and it is the same law that operationalized the LSK Conditions of Sale.


  1. Yes, and they are;
  • Mpesa (546300) (Payment details are indicated in the invoice generated online)
  • EFT (Through KCB)
  • Cash deposit in the bank and
  • Cheque deposit in the bank

Book event (s) in your portal (advocate’s portal), click on generate invoice option, (which is sent to the individual’s email address) then make payment.

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