Law Society Committees have powers, authorities and tasks delegated by the Council. Consisting of dedicated volunteers, each committee focuses on a particular area of law, pooling together specialist skills and experience in order to scrutinise legislation, Court decisions and other government policies.
Committees are involved in different areas and there are three broad categories:
- Regulatory committees – perform statutory duties under the Legal Profession Act 2004.
- Liaison committees – linked to other professions or organisations.
- Policy committees
By drawing on the insights of committees, the Law Society can in turn meet its statutory duties and act as a major player in law reform and policy debates.
There are currently 26 standing committees, each devoted to a particular area of the law. There is also one board (the Specialist Accreditation Board).
For more information on the focus and members of each committee and the Board, see the Current Committees List. Restructure of the 2014 Business Law Committee is proposed, for more information on the new structure, visit the Business Law webpage.
Also read the submission papers developed by committees in this site's Resource Centre.
Join a committee
In September each year, solicitors practising in New South Wales are invited to submit expressions of interest in membership of the Law Society’s Standing Committees for the coming year. Applications for 2014 committees closed on 25 October. For information on committee processes and the responsibilities of members, download the Committee Handbook.
Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committees
Applications for membership of the following Advisory Committees in 2014 have now closed.
- Business Law
- Children’s Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Law
- Dispute Resolution
- Employment & Industrial Law
- Family Law
- Property Law
- Wills and Estates Law