Australia: CEO of NSW Law Society resigns to become the new CEO of the Law Council of Australia.

Lawyers weekly Australia reports

Michael Tidball, who was at the helm of the NSW Law Society for 14 years, will be resigning to assume a new role as chief executive of LCA.

In a statement, Mr Tidball said it has been an “absolute privilege” to serve the Law Society for nearly 14 years as CEO and as COO for the four years prior, saying “the time is right” to move on.

“I have embraced the challenges that that CEO role [has] brought along with the additional responsibilities as Secretary General of LAWASIA and a Director of Lawcover,” he said.

“The skills, experience and professional relationships that I have developed during my time at the Law Society have, I believe, placed me in a strong position to take this next step in my career, as CEO of the Law Council of Australia.”

“The decision was not taken lightly and has involved much personal reflection but ultimately my personal view is there is a point where organisations need renewed CEO leadership and that this should occur when performance is strong.”

Law Society president Richard Harvey said that Mr Tidball had been an “effective, respected and highly regarded leader” for the member association.

“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,” he 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 per cent 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.