WHAT WE DO
From statutory obligations to representative functions, the Law Society's responsibilities are numerous, as are the interests we seek to serve.
We strive to uphold the guiding principles expressed in our vision and mission statements. Our initiatives are focused on the following areas.
Enhance the profession’s voice
We act as the voice of the legal profession, representing the interests of almost 30,000 members. We encourage debate and actively drive law reform issues through policy submissions and open dialogue with governments, parliamentary bodies, the courts and the Attorney-General’s Department.
Regulate the profession
Endowed with co-regulatory duties with the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner, we set and enforce professional standards, license solicitors to practise, investigate complaints and administer discipline to ensure that both the community and the profession are properly served by ethical and responsible solicitors.
Guide the profession
We provide confidential guidance to solicitors about all aspects of the Legal Profession Uniform Law and its associated legislation. To complement assistance across sensitive ethical and compliance issues, we also help solicitors comply with their professional development obligations.
Unite the profession
We unite the profession, helping members across the state stay in touch with legal developments and with fellow solicitors through a range of publications, networking opportunities and regional law societies.
We provide a wide range of services to our members to assist them in their professional and personal lives so they can provide better service to their clients and uphold the integrity of the profession.
Connect the profession and the community
We ensure the general public has appropriate access to justice and can be easily connected to members of the profession when they require legal advice.
- To lead the profession
- To serve members
- To ensure a just legal system
- Undertake activities and services determined by the needs and welfare of members
- Effectively represent the profession at government and community levels
- Ensure a competitive national profession
- Ensure the community is served by ethical, competent and independent legal practitioners
- Ensure the community has reasonable and affordable access to justice
- Advocate for ongoing reform of the law and the legal system
Organisation & Structure
Due to the Law Society’s dual representative and regulatory functions, our organisation is structured in order to maintain an authoritative presence and at the same time foster consultation and collaboration with, and between, the profession, lawmakers and the public.
Working at the Law Society of NSW offers the chance to be surrounded by motivated and passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds, who are all seeking to make a difference. View our current vacancies now.
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.
As the representative of solicitors in NSW, the Law Society speaks on behalf of the legal profession, and advocates for changes to the law that benefit the entire community.
This section provides information about the main avenues through which we do this, and highlights our significant advocacy projects.