Annual General Meeting

Thursday 28 October 2021∙ 4:30pm


The 2021 Annual General Meeting of The Law Society of New South Wales will be held at 4.30pm on Thursday 28 October 2021.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions on movement and gatherings and having regard to the health and safety of our members, the Annual General Meeting will be held as a virtual meeting and members will not be able to physically attend the meeting at the Law Society building.

A Notice of Meeting (which includes an Explanatory Memorandum) is attached for Solicitor Members and Incorporated Legal Practice Members entitled to receive notice of the meeting.

Pre-registration for the meeting
Members who intend to attend the virtual Annual General Meeting will need to pre-register. Please click here to register using your LawID. Pre-registration will close at 4.30pm on Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Please email or call 02 9926 0161 if you are having difficulty pre-registering online, have not yet activated your LawID, have special requirements to participate in the meeting or if pre-registration has closed and you still wish to attend the meeting.

Please note that the connection details for participation in the virtual meeting will only be provided to members who complete the pre-registration process.


How members can participate in the meeting

Members will be able to participate in the meeting online, which will allow them to view a live webcast and ask questions in writing and to vote. Members will also be able to ask questions verbally by using a telephone line, details of which will be made available to members after pre-registration. Further information regarding attending and participating in the virtual Annual General Meeting is included in the Notice of Meeting.

At this year’s meeting, members will be asked to consider a resolution to adopt a new constitution in place of the Law Society’s existing Memorandum and Articles of Association. The current Articles of Association date from 1996 and, while updated to adapt to changing circumstances, they have not been subject to a comprehensive review or update for more than 20 years. The new constitution is drafted in a modern, clear style, while retaining provisions necessary to comply with the Law Society’s role and function. There are no substantive changes at this time to provisions that relate to the size and composition of the Law Society Council or regional law societies.

Members will be able to vote on the following special resolution:

  • That the constitution of the Law Society submitted to the meeting and signed by the Chair for the purpose of identification is approved and adopted as the constitution of the Law Society in substitution for and to the exclusion of the existing memorandum and articles of association, with effect from the close of this meeting.

Details on how to vote during the meeting will be provided to registered members 48 hours prior to the meeting.

If you are unable to attend the 2021 Annual General Meeting and wish to vote, please download a copy of the proxy form here. To be valid, the proxy form and any power of attorney or other authority (if any) under which the proxy is signed (or a copy of that power or authority certified to be a true copy by a legal practitioner or justice of the peace) must be received by the Company Secretary at the registered office of the Law Society, Law Society Building (3rd Floor), 170 Phillip Street, Sydney (or a scanned signed copy may be given by email to, no later than 4.30pm on Tuesday 26 October 2021 (or not less than forty-eight (48) hours before the time for holding any adjourned meeting at which the person named in the document proposes to vote). 

If you return your signed proxy form and have specified the way your proxy is to vote and your named proxy does not attend the meeting, the Chair of the meeting will be your proxy and will vote on your behalf on a ballot as you have directed on the proxy form.

Should you require any assistance in regard to appointing a proxy, please contact the Company Secretary of The Law Society of New South Wales on 02 9926 0213.

Submitting questions in advance of and during the meeting  

Members may submit questions to the Law Society in advance of the meeting. Questions should relate to the business of the meeting and can be submitted by emailing the Company Secretary at by 5.00pm on Tuesday 26 October 2021.

Members will also have the opportunity to submit or ask questions during the meeting in relation to the formal items of business.

Please note: If you are the principal of an Incorporated Legal Practice Member, notice is being given to you as a Solicitor Member and also on behalf of the Incorporated Legal Practice Member. Incorporated Legal Practice Members have the right to receive notice of the Annual General Meeting but not to vote at the meeting.