May 31, 2019

Results of the 2019 referendum

Voting for the 2019 referendum on proposed general meeting reform took place from May 15 to May 30, 2019 and was conducted online. A total of 2,097 votes were cast for referendum question 1 and 2,079 votes were cast for referendum question 2.


Referendum question



Total votes

1. Are you in favour of the Benchers amending the Law Society Rules to provide for advance online voting prior to general meetings substantially as proposed, along with any consequential amendments necessary to implement advanced online voting at annual general meetings?

1,962 (93.6%)

135 (6.4%)


2. Are you in favour of the Benchers amending Law Society Rule 1-13(13) to provide that a dispute concerning the procedure to be followed at a general meeting not provided for in the Act or the Rules is to be resolved by the Chair in accordance with applicable common law rather than strictly in accordance with the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised?

1,801 (86.6%)

278 (13.4%)


In accordance with s. 12(3) of the Legal Profession Act, the result of the referendum authorizes the Benchers to amend the Law Society Rules substantially as proposed in the referendum questions. The Benchers expect to approve revised Law Society Rules at their July meeting in time to conduct the 2019 annual general meeting in accordance with the new Rules.