The Law Society of Tasmania provides professional services, resources, support and benefits to its members and the legal profession in general. Governance is provided by the Society’s Council and Executive. The Law Society of Tasmania is a constituent body of the Law Council of Australia.
The Council (of the Law Society in Tasmania) is the supreme decision-making forum of this State’s Society. It is assisted in its deliberations by a number of Committees comprised of Council and Society members.
The Law Society of Tasmania has two major functions. The first is as a regulator of the legal profession of the State of Tasmania. The second is to provide services to its members to assist in maintaining high standards of practice in the legal profession in Tasmania. The services offered to Society members are designed to assist the provision of timely and effective delivery of legal services. Hence, the Society focusses on areas such as education, indemnity insurance and risk management. The Society also provides a counselling service to members and a range of other personal and practice related benefits.
The Changing Profession
The last ten years have seen dramatic change in the legal profession in Tasmania. The Law Society of Tasmania, as a constituent body of the Law Council of Australia, has been supportive of the development of a truly national legal profession for Australia. The Society in Tasmania, for its part, has supported steps which has resulted in increased competition in the legal profession, advertising and lower fees, whilst encouraging delivery of high quality legal services through the adoption of new work practices.