Expanding participation, improving effectiveness and increasing
The Law Society has a constitution, which sets out how the
organisation should be governed and operated. It covers the
process for electing and appointing members to Council, the running
of general meetings and the role of our office bearers.
You can find a full copy of the current constitution on the
right hand side.
Any changes to the constitution must be approved by a two thirds
majority of members voting at a general meeting.
The Council has a working party to look at how the constitution
can be updated to improve participation, effectiveness and
efficiency within the organisation.
Projects already completed include:
Maintaining balance on Council
The Law Society Council takes important decisions which affect
solicitors across Scotland.
Most of Council is elected and, to help ensure there is a proper
balance of representation, the working party is considering whether
to change the voting system used for the annual elections.
You can find out more with the background briefing on the
Before a final decision is taken, we want to know what you
think. You can have your say by 18 July by
completing this short
Alternatively, you can email your comments directly to email@example.com
The working party
The working party looking at improving the constitution has the
Sheekha is convener of the working party and is a Council member
representing parts of the Highlands and Islands. She works as
a solicitor for the Western Isles Council and is a committee member
of the In-House Lawyers' Group.
John is a lay member of Council and Executive Chairman of Limpet
Technology, a company which has developed a climb assist / fall
prevention product for use on wind turbines and oil platforms.
Eileen is a Council member representing Fife. She convenes the
civil legal aid quality assurance committee and is an active member
of the civil legal aid committee.
Jim is one of our lay members on Council. He is a former
head of the Scottish Government's Justice Directorate and director
general for devolution in the UK Ministry of Justice.
George represents solicitors in parts of the Highlands and
is a solicitor with McArthur & Co in Inverness.
Alan is the principal solicitor at Watt Law based in
Cumbernauld, specialising in Criminal Defence, family law and
If you have an idea on how the Society's constitution could be
improved, have a question or would like to find out more, then
contact the working party's secretary:
Director of Communications
Tel 0131 476 8167