About the Law Society

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan


The Law Society has developed and adopted Delivering the Vision: Strategic Direction 2017–2020, which commenced 1 July 2017. The plan reflects key stakeholders’ needs and expectations and provides a clear focus and direction for the future.

Our Purpose

To be the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia.

Our Vision

By 2018, we want to be the essential membership for the legal profession.

Purpose vision and strategic priorities of Law Society of Western Australia

Our Strategic Priorities

We will achieve our vision by focusing on three strategic priorities:

  • strong advocacy
  • high value services
  • organisational excellence

Strong Advocacy

As the voice of the legal profession, the Law Society proactively engages stakeholders on key issues and facilitates rational analysis to adopt sensible positions that are sought after by our members, the Law Council of Australia, Government and media representatives. The Law Society’s views are considered to be well researched, measured, reasonable and representative.

High Value Services

As a membership organisation, the Law Society stays in touch with members’ needs and responds with a range of valuable services and benefits, covering:

  • Information services
  • Education
  • Networking and social events
  • Mentoring services
  • Referral and support services
  • Member privileges
  • Professional indemnity insurance via Law Mutual (WA)

Organisational Excellence

We will live up to our well-respected reputation for being forward thinking and financially sustainable with effective systems. Our Council is regarded as providing strong, representative and collaborative leadership with priorities which are aligned across the organisation.




In 2017, the Law Society celebrated 90 years since its founding. On 15 June 1927, about 30 lawyers gathered in the old Supreme Court library in Perth and agreed to form an association for the legal profession in Western Australia.

There were 96 Foundation Members by 3 October 1927, at the Law Society’s first Annual General Meeting. Over the ensuing years, the Law Society’s membership and scope of activities have grown exponentially. The Law Society continues to enhance the legal profession through its position as a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and the rule of law.

Celebrating 90 Years of the Law Society of Western Australia chronicles some of the key events and personalities that have influenced the development of the Law Society and the WA legal profession. The book examines the Law Society’s focus on serving the community, its longstanding commitment to providing legal assistance to vulnerable individuals, and its advocacy and law reform accomplishments. The book is authored by professional historian Dr Catherine May, with a foreword by the Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia.