Law Society of Scotland puts forward new constitution

Law Society of Scotland puts forward new constitution

A new constitution for the Law Society of Scotland will be presented to members for approval at the next Annual General Meeting at the Marriott hotel in Glasgow on Friday 25 March.

The current constitution of the Society is largely unchanged from that adopted in 1949. The project to update the constitution started two years ago, initially as a tidying exercise and with the aim of introducing a simpler format and more modern language. However, in reviewing the constitution, some bigger and more fundamental issues were also considered such as the size of the ruling Council, how that Council is elected and the operation of our general meetings.

At its meeting in January, Council agreed that a new constitution go forward for debate at the Society’s next annual general meeting.

Those interested in finding out more about the new constitution should go to–meetings/constitution where they will find:

Constitution briefing
A four page summary providing some background as to why a new constitution is needed as well as the main changes.
The new constitution
The document that members will have a chance to vote on at the AGM.
The new standing orders
Standing orders are determined by the Council of the Law Society of Scotland so these will not be voted on at the AGM. They are included here for reference and should be viewed in conjunction with the proposed new constitution.
The current constitution
This shows the current constitution that members will be asked to vote to rescind at the AGM.
Opinion from Senior Counsel
The Society has repeatedly sought and received opinion from Senior Counsel with respect to the new constitution. Issues raised by Counsel in relation to previous drafts have now been satisfactorily addressed. Counsel’s latest opinion is included here for reference.
Members’ online survey results
In November 2010, the Society conducted an online survey of members. This covered some of the issues being considered in the review of the constitution. Over 1,200 members completed the survey and this document contains the full results for each question asked.
Map of the Sheriffdom and Sheriff Court areas
The new constitution moves away from using sheriff courts areas as the basic constituencies for electing local Council members. Instead, sherriffdom areas would be used in most cases. This map shows the current sheriff court and sheriffdom areas for reference.

A formal calling notice for the AGM will be sent to members shortly. In the meantime, those with questions should contact:

Henry Robson
Deputy Chief Executive
The Law Society of Scotland
Tel: 0131 226 7411

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