Proctor : November 2017
18 PROCTOR | November 2017 Member focus Summary of Queensland Law Society’s 2016-17 annual report Membership snapshot Queensland Law Society membership numbers increased once again during the 2016-17 year. Total membership increased by 1.5% to 13,451 and the total number of QLS full members increased to 10,165. Of all full members, 77.6% work for law firms, which is marginally higher than last year’s percentage of 77.4%. The proportion of female full members continued to climb, with females accounting for 49.1% of all full members, an increase on last year’s 48.3%. This change is driven by newly admitted practitioners, of which approximately 60% are female. Students of law are the future of the profession, and the Society was pleased to welcome 104 new student members in 2016-17 . TOTAL MEMBERSHIP BY CATEGORY FULL 75.6% 10 ,16 5 ASSOCIATE 3.5% 471 STUDENT 19.9% 2,678 HONORARY 1.0% 13 7 FULL MEMBERS BY SEGMENT Post-admission experience Number % 0-5 years 2,888 28.4% 6-12 years 2,708 26.7% 13-20 years 2,057 20.2% 21+ years 2,511 24.7% Advocating for good law During the financial year, the Society had 26 standing policy committees and five working groups whose dedicated, expert members work tirelessly to further the Society’s advocacy in assisting the government to draft and amend legislation and policy that has a positive impact on both the legal profession and the Queensland community. There were 163 committee and working group meetings held during the 2016-17 financial year. The Society received 184 mentions in Hansard and made a total of 142 submissions during the year. The number of successes accomplished as a result of these submissions increased from 88 to 167, almost a 50% increase on successes from the previous year. Following is a summary of key points and achievements for members as a snapshot of the Society’s financial year. For members interested in viewing the report in its entirety, it is available at qls.com.au/annual-reports.