Law Society of New South Wales
|Formation||1842 (formally 1884)|
|Michael Tidball, CEO|
The Law Society of New South Wales is a professional association which represents over 29,000 solicitors in Australia. The Law Society has statutory powers and regulates the practice of law in New South Wales.
The Law Society of NSW 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 ensures the general public has appropriate access to justice and can be easily connected to members of the profession when they require legal advice.
Along with the Office of 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.
The Law Society was informally started in 1842. In 1884, the society was formalized as "The Incorporated Law Institute of New South Wales", and had its first annual meeting the following year.
In 1960, the institute was renamed to "The Law Society of New South Wales". In 1963, the Society started publishing "The Law Society Journal". The society also established The College of Law in 1973, the Legal Practitioners Act in 1987, Law Industry Superannuation Trust (LIST) and LawCare in 1989, Office of the Legal Services Commissioner in 1992, and the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) in 2001.
|1884-1891||John Williams||NSW Crown Solicitor|
|1892-1908||William Hilson Pigott|
|1951-52||RZ de Ferranti|
|1960-61||John Watling||Partner, Sly & Russell|
|1991||DA de Carvalho|
|1992||John R Marsden||Founding Partner Marsdens|
|1993||John Nelson||Partner Gadens|
|1999||Margaret C Hole|
|2000||John FS North|
|2001||Nick K Meagher|
|2003||Robert JC Benjamin|
|2004||Gordon A Salier|
|2005||John E McIntyre|
|2007||Geoff J Dunlevy||Partner, Rhodes Kildea|
|2008||Hugh I Macken|
|2009||Joseph J Catanzariti||Partner, Clayton Utz|
|2010||Mary J Macken|
|2011||Stuart D Westgarth||Partner, HWL Ebsworth|
|2012||Justin J Dowd||Partner, Watts McCray|
|2013||John C Dobson|
|2014||Ros E Everett||Partner, Everett Evans|
|2015||John F Eades||Partner, Noyce, Salmon & D'Aquino|
|2016||Gary S Ulman||Partner, Minter Ellison|
|2017||Pauline Wright||Partner, PJ Donnellan & Co|
Structure and organisation
The Law Society is governed by an internal Council, the Legal Profession Act of 2004 and the Corporations Act of 2001. The Council meets monthly and has 21 elected members who sit for 3 year terms and one appointed member who sits for 1 year. The Council has 2 country lawyer councillors, 2 suburban lawyer councillors, 2 city lawyer councillors, 2 corporate lawyer councillors, 2 government lawyer councillors, 2 large firm lawyer councillors, 1 NSW Young Lawyers councillor (appointed), and 8 general councillors. Law Society Councillors sit on the boards of LawCover (legal insurer), the NSW Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund, the Legal Profession Admissions Board, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (among others).
The Law Society has 23 committees devoted to different aspects of law.
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- Law Institute of Victoria
- Law Council of Australia
- Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society
- "The Law Society of New South Wales Homepage". The Law Society of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
- "Professional Standards Council Home". New South Wales Professional Standards Council. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/psc/ll_psc.nsf/vwFiles/Scheme_LawSociety_Summary_nsw_20062011.pdf/$file/Scheme_LawSociety_Summary_nsw_20062011.pdf retrieved 2010-10-27 Archived October 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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- "Law Society of NSW - History". Lawsociety.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- http://justinianarchive.com/828-article ; http://justinianarchive.com/833-article
- "Law Society of NSW - Council". Lawsociety.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- "Law Society of NSW - Pro Bono Scheme". Lawsociety.com.au. Retrieved 2010-12-28.