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.
The Law Society's structure is set out in our Memorandum and Articles of Association. This document is our constitution, a set of rules that governs how we operate. It defines the powers between all our stakeholders, such as the Law Society Council, officer bearers, committees, regional law societies and members.
As a professional association of solicitors we have counterparts in all Australian States and Territories, with whom we work closely.
The Law Society can trace its origins back to 1842, when a small group of solicitors recognised the need to ‘to promote good feeling and fair and honourable practice among members of the profession so as best to preserve the interests and retain the confidence of the public’.