Impact of Covid-19 on the legal profession

A message from our President

The Law Society of NSW is acutely aware of the critical impact COVID-19 is having on our members’ livelihoods and wellbeing at this time.  

As the COVID-19 situation has developed, the Law Society has been working around the clock to consider and implement measures to support members and keep the lines of communication open during these challenging times.  

We believe we have a responsibility to respond to the developing crisis in a timely way for the benefit of our members, their staff, and their families – and, ultimately, the communities they serve. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally disrupted our social and economic order. We now find ourselves at a moment in time when a $410 Law Society membership fee seems like a lot of money.  

This is why the Law Society is reducing membership fees for practising solicitors to $10 per practitioner (plus GST) for the 2020/21 practising year. This practical one-off measure will allow you to direct this $400 saving to areas of more pressing need during the COVID-19 crisis. 

It will also ensure you can remain part of a strong and vibrant legal community in the weeks and months ahead.  

In a world where social distancing has become the new normal, staying connected and maintaining a sense of community for our legal profession has never been more crucial. This is one of the major and practical benefits of membership.  

As I have stated many times in recent days, our priority is to support our members, now and in the future. There has never been a greater need, in recent memory, for a strong, united and independent legal profession. 

If we continue to work as a unified profession, we will get through this. 

Richard Harvey, Law Society President