Scottish Law Society opens latest stage of constitution consultation

Scottish Law Society opens latest stage of constitution consultation

The latest stage of the Scottish Law Society’s consultation on a new constitution is now under way. The process runs from 8 February until 21 March.

Vice president-elect Bruce Beveridge encouraged as many members as possible to take part.

He said:

“The Society has adapted proposals for constitutional change to satisfy earlier concerns raised by members and the current version is effectively an advanced work in progress.

“But further feedback is vital in helping us finalise the version of the constitution that will be put to members at our annual general meeting in May.

“It’s time the Society and our members had a constitution that is modern, effective and transparent.”

The redrafted constitution aims to:

  • strengthen members’ rights;
  • support greater participation of members;
  • reduce the size of the Council;
  • increase accountability and transparency; and
  • improve the corporate governance of the Society

Bruce Beveridge added:

“Importantly, the revised constitution strengthens the position of the membership, for instance, in the implementation of motions passed at general meetings.”

Following the six-week consultation, Council members will consider the final draft document. Members will vote on the proposed new constitution at the AGM on 31 May.

For more information and to respond to the consultation, go to the Scottish Law Society website at

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