June 22, 2022

The Law Society held its annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, with the proceedings conducted virtually. President Lisa Hamilton, QC reported on the progress made over the past year to advance the Law Society’s strategic plan and provided updates on government’s intention to modernize the regulatory framework for lawyers, notaries and independent paralegals under a single legal regulator, on the report and recommendations of Harry Cayton’s review of Law Society governance, and on the Cullen Commission’s final report and recommendations to the Law Society.

The agenda also included consideration of seven resolutions. Lawyers eligible to vote on the resolutions did so online in advance and at the meeting. Member resolutions to support an independent bar association in Afghanistan, to implement changes to the Member Portal and Lawyer Directory and to oppose proposed legislation to create a single regulator of legal services were passed.

“The core responsibility of the board of the Law Society is to act in the public interest, but the Benchers hear the concerns being expressed by members of the legal profession who voted to oppose the proposal for a single legal regulator,” said Lisa Hamilton, QC, Law Society president. “The Law Society will continue to engage with the Ministry of Attorney General to ensure that the independence of the legal profession is preserved and that we have a significant role in this process.”

All of the member resolutions passed at the AGM will be considered by the Benchers at their future meetings.

Full details of the AGM results are available here.