NSW Law Society membership fee drops by over 90%

By Jerome Doraisamy|31 March 2020
Richard Harvey

In order to better support members across the state during COVID-19, the Law Society of NSW has reduced membership fees for the coming year by more than 90 per cent.

In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Law Society of NSW president Richard Harvey said the state-based legal member association was “acutely aware” of the impact that coronavirus is having on the livelihood and wellbeing of lawyers.

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The pandemic has “fundamentally disrupted our social and economic order”, Mr Harvey noted, to the extent that a $410 membership fee for one’s law society “seems like a lot of money”.

“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,” Mr Harvey wrote.

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“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.”

One of the major and practical benefits of law society membership, Mr Harvey continued, is having a community.

“In a world where social distancing has become the new normal, staying connected and maintaining a sense of community for our legal profession [have] never been more crucial,” he mused.

“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.”

NSW Law Society membership fee drops by over 90%
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