Law Society Council
The Law Society of NSW is governed by the Law Society Council in accordance with our Memorandum and Articles of Association, the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)(2014) and the Corporations Act 2001.
Consisting of 21 elected Councillors from a cross-section of both the profession and the community, the Council guides the objectives and policies of the Law Society, monitors its performance and delegates its authority over various matters to a network of Committees.
To ensure the composition of the Council is representative of the main segments of solicitors within the profession, the Council comprises:
- 2 country councillors
- 2 suburban councillors
- 2 city councillors
- 2 corporate councillors
- 2 government councillors
- 2 large firm councillors
- 1 Young Lawyers councillor
- 8 councillors not elected to a specific reserved seat.
View a list of current Councillors and their company contact details.
Office bearers take active leadership roles in implementing the Law Council’s policies and significant programs. They also represent the Law Society to the profession, the community and in negotiations with other parties. The office bearers are the: President, President Elect, Junior Vice President, Treasurer, Immediate Past President.
At a Council meeting in November the Council members elect office bearers for the positions of Senior and Junior Vice Presidents and Treasurer who each have terms of one year. The Senior Vice President becomes the President at the end of the calendar year following their election.
Becoming a Councillor
Elections for Council are held in October each year. All Councillors are elected for three years, with seven positions becoming vacant each year.
Register of delegations
The power of the Council of The Law Society of New South Wales (Law Society Council) to delegate any of its functions under the Legal Profession Uniform Application Act 2014 (Application Act) or the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) (Uniform Law) is found in section 32 of the Application Act. The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Law Society also provide for the Law Society Council to delegate to committees. See the Register of Delegations for details of current delegations.