Council

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) and the Corporations Act 2001.

Consisting of 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 21 Councillors (and any Senior Office Bearer whose elected term of office has expired):

  • 2 Country Councillors
  • 2 Suburban Councillors
  • 2 City Councillors
  • 2 Corporate Councillors
  • 2 Government Councillors
  • 2 Large Firm Councillors
  • 1 Young Lawyer Councillor
  • 8 Councillors not elected to a specific position
  • any Senior Office Bearer whose elected term of office has expired

View a list of current Councillors and their practice contact details.

Office Bearers

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, Senior Vice-President, Junior Vice President, Treasurer, Immediate Past President.

Elections of Office Bearers

At a Council meeting in November the Council members elect Office Bearers for the positions of Senior and Junior Vice-President and Treasurer, each of whom hold office for a term 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. Councillors are generally elected for three years, with at least seven positions on the Council 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 Law Application Act 2014 (Application Act) or the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW) (Uniform Law) is found in the Application Act. The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Law Society also provide for the Law Society Council to delegate to committees. Details of those delegations are set out in the Register of Delegations.

Click here to see a copy of the Register of Delegations most recently approved by the Council of the Law Society. The Law Society is reviewing the format and content of its Register of Delegations.

New delegations have been made by the Council since the Register of Delegations was last approved, which supersede some of the delegations that are included in the Register. Click here to see the most recent of those delegations.