About the Law Society
All Solicitor Members are eligible to stand for election. Consider nominating for Council.
The Law Society of New South Wales has statutory powers and regulates the practice of law in New South Wales.
The Law Society encourages debate and actively drives law reform issues through policy submissions and open dialogue with Governments, parliamentary bodies, the Courts and the Attorney General's Department. It seeks to ensure that the public has appropriate access to justice and can be easily connected to members of the profession when they require legal advice.
Along with the Legal Services Commissioner, the Law Society sets and enforces professional standards, licenses solicitors to practise, investigates complaints and administers discipline to ensure both the community and the profession are properly served by ethical and responsible solicitors.
There are more than 32,000 practising solicitors in New South Wales. Their areas and modes of practice are extremely diverse.
The Law Society Council includes 2 City Councillors, 2 Suburban Councillors, 2 Country Councillors, 2 Corporate Councillors, 2 Government Councillors, 2 Large Firm Councillors, 1 Young Lawyer Councillor and 8 Councillors and any Senior Office Bearer whose elected term of office has expired.
The objective of the Law Society of New South Wales' governance framework is an efficient Council that is forward-thinking and outome-driven in leading the profession, representing its members and addressing the public interest.
Members of the Law Society Council assume responsibility not only for the statutory obligations imposed upon them by the Legal Profession Uniform Law but also for representing and giving direction to the legal profession.
As company directors of the Law Society, Councillors must discharge duties and responsibilities in relation to the company and its subsidiary bodies, Lawcover Pty Limited and Lawcover Insurance Pty Limited. Councillors need to satisfy all requisites of the position of company director under the Corporations Act 2001 and other relevant legislation.
The work required of Councillors is demanding and involves a substantial commitment of time and effort. Members of the Council, other than Office Bearers, might expect to commit, on an average, the equivalent of at least one half day a week to Law Society business, excluding reading and preparation times.
The Council currently meets monthly and more frequently when required (Special Council meetings). In addition, Councillors are required to serve on committees and attend a considerable number of functions arranged by the Society from time to time.
In nominating for the 2018 Council election, you play a critical role in ensuring the profession benefits from leadership that understands and adapts to the changing demands of practice. This is your opportunity to make a difference in your profession and the community. Councillors gain a unique insight into the workings of the legal profession.
Law Society Councillors lead the profession and are ideally placed to consider the issues, pressures and opportunities that members face in daily practice. They understand the needs of practices. Electing trusted leaders strengthens the future of the profession.
- Ensure you are a Solicitor Member of the Society.
- See list of vacancies in the 2018 Law Society Council election.
- Complete and sign nomination form, ensuring signatures of at least seven solicitor members in support of your application.
- Return completed nomination form to be received by the Secretary prior to 4pm on Monday 17 September 2018.
- Prior to 4pm on Monday 17 September 2018, provide to the Society, a 100-word biographical note and a recent portrait photograph for inclusion in the official documents. These will be published on the Law Society website and in the official election materials.
Notice of Forthcoming Election is sent to all Solicitor Members via the Law Society’s Monday Briefs.
- Nominees must submit a Nomination Form, signed by not less than seven other Solicitor Members of the Society and with the Nominee’s consent.
- Email or post Nominations to be received by the Secretary by 4pm Monday 17 September 2018 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 170 Phillip Street (DX362), Sydney 2000.
- Email or post by 4pm Monday 17 September 2018, for inclusion in the voting/online materials, the following:
a. A biographical note (limit 100 words).
b. A recent high resolution portrait photograph.
Nominations cannot be accepted after this time.
Online: The 2018 Election is hosted by BigPulse, the Society’s nominated external host. Emails will be sent from the domain name bigpulse.com. If you are a member and have a personalised/unique email address, you will receive a 2018 Council Election “Invitation to Vote” email with instructions on how to link to the electronic voting form. You will require your Law Society Identification Number (LSID) to log in.
Paper Vote: All Solicitor Members will also receive voting instructions, ballot paper and two return envelopes (inner and outer envelopes). Your vote can be for less than or equal to, but not more than, the number required (7) to be elected to fill the vacancies.
You can only vote once. Voting closes at 2pm Monday 22 October 2018.
Ballots cannot be accepted after this time.
At the Annual General Meeting, successful candidates are announced, effective from 25 October 2018.
The 2018 Law Society elections will be hosted by BigPulse, a web-based online service provider. BigPulse has conducted online elections for the Law Society for the past six years. The “Invitation to Vote“ email will be forwarded from BigPulse to Solicitor Members with a unique email address. Solicitor Members with generic email addresses can vote by completing the hard copy ballot paper.
Remember - you can only vote once.