Law Society of NSW CEO announces resignation

Law Society of NSW


The Law Society of NSW today regretfully announced that Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tidball, will be resigning after nearly 14 years at the helm.

Mr Tidball will conclude his tenure as CEO of the state’s peak legal body at the end of June 2020 to take up a new position as Chief Executive Officer of the Law Council of Australia.
In announcing Mr Tidball’s resignation, President of the Law Society, Richard Harvey, thanked Michael for his outstanding contribution to the Society, the legal profession and the wider community.
“As the Society’s longest serving CEO and Secretary General of LAWASIA, Michael has been an effective, respected and highly regarded leader who has brought vision, dedication, exceptional strategic skills and considerable energy to the role,” Mr Harvey said.
“There is no doubt that his tenure as CEO has seen the Society rise to new heights where it is now the pre-eminent legal association in Australia, representing the interests of 43% of the nation’s legal profession.
“Michael has been at the forefront of Law Society initiatives to position the association as one of the largest, most resilient and successful voluntary membership law societies internationally.
“His reforms and achievements as CEO are comprehensive and include the lead role played by the Law Society in the move to a national legal services market in Australia, the development of segmented approaches to respond to the different needs of private in-house and government lawyers, as well as a range of legal policy reforms.
“Within the Society’s governance structure, Michael has successfully delivered strategic outcomes and strong and stable leadership.
“He has distinguished himself as an engaged, internationally regarded leader, driven by a genuine commitment to the role of legal associations in advancing and protecting the legal profession, and through it the rule of law, as the foundation of civil society.
“Importantly, he is held in the highest esteem by the Law Society Council, staff and the many stakeholders he engages with in government, the legal profession and judiciary – at a state, national and international level.
“While I am incredibly sad to see Michael depart, I respect his decision to accept this new appointment – he goes with the Law Society Council’s gratitude for his tireless efforts and contribution.
“Michael will leave the Society in a strong financial position, with a robust membership and a clear business strategy.
“A change of CEO leadership will be a vital step for the future of the Society and the opportunity
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