Benchers are the governing body of The Law Society. To become a Bencher of the Law Society members must complete nomination papers in form 4.01A which must be filed with the Vice-President at the Law Society offices. Under s. 11 of the Law Society Act, 1999, to be eligible for nomination to Benchers a lawyer must be in good standing with the Law Society. A notice is sent to lawyers in the spring of each year encouraging those interested to apply.
Lawyers are encouraged to offer their services to the Law Society to assist it in its public protection mandate. Such service can be a rewarding experience for lawyers of all ages and in all areas of practice.
Benchers and other lawyers sit on many Law Society committees which are responsible for examining and debating policy issues and bringing recommendations forward to Benchers.
For a complete list of committees and their members, please click here
For the Terms of Reference for committees, please see here
When a space becomes vacant on a Law Society Committee a notice is sent to all lawyers seeking expressions of interest in acting on that particular committee.