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Solicitor Members are generally elected for a three-year term, commencing from the announcement of election results at the Annual General Meeting. The number of vacancies annually is dependent on the number of retiring Councillors whose three-year term has expired, together with any casual vacancies that may arise. Should a casual vacancy occur on Council, the vacancy is filled effective until the next annual Council election, when the position is filled for the remainder of the designated term on Council.
Council meets monthly and more frequently when required (Special Council meetings). Monthly Council meetings are usually held on a Thursday, commencing at 4.00pm. Council may sit for three hours or longer.
Councillors are required to serve on various Law Society Committees and attend a considerable number of functions arranged by the Law Society from time to time.
All Solicitor Members are eligible to stand for election and to vote.
Nominees must submit a Nomination Form, signed by not less than seven other Solicitor Members of the Law Society and including the Nominee’s consent to the nomination.
In the current COVID-19 environment, if you are unable to arrange for seven Solicitor Members to sign the original nomination form, your signed form can be copied/scanned and separately forwarded to individual nominating Members for signature. These signed forms can be returned to the Law Society as separate documents via email, post or DX but must be received before the nomination period closes for your nomination to be declared valid. Electronic signatures from Solicitor Members will also be accepted in the current circumstances. If there are issues in providing Member signatures due to working from home arrangements, please contact us using the contact details above to discuss possible alternate arrangements.
Nominations are to be received by the Company Secretary by 4.00pm Monday 20 September 2021 by email email@example.com, by post, document exchange or hand delivery to 170 Phillip Street (DX362), Sydney 2000.
Please include with your completed nomination form:
- A biographical note (limit 100 words)
- A recent high-resolution portrait photograph.
During the last week in September, Solicitor Members are forwarded printed election materials by post or document exchange and, if an email address has been provided, will also receive an invitation via email to vote electronically.
The challenges presented by COVID-19 have impacted Australia Post’s services and performance standards and may result in delays in the delivery and return of printed ballot papers. We encourage Solicitor Members to consider voting online to ensure your vote is received before the ballot closes at 2.00pm on Monday 25 October 2021.
Online vote – a personalised email “Invitation to Vote” from the Law Society / BigPulse will be forwarded to you to enable you to vote online.
Paper vote – you will be forwarded a printed ballot paper, voting instructions and an inner and outer return envelope. You can only vote for up to 7 candidates (the number of candidates required to fill all existing vacancies). If you vote for more than the number required your vote will be declared invalid.
Please remember that you can only vote once.
Voting opens during the last week in September 2021.
Voting closes at 2.00pm on Monday 25 October 2021.
Election results are announced at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 4.30pm.