Expanding participation, improving effectiveness and increasing efficiency
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.
Any changes to the constitution must be approved by a two-thirds majority of members voting at a general meeting.
The Council created a working party which looked at changes to the Society’s Constitution in order to improve our overall governance arrangements. The working was stood down at the end of May 2016.
The improvements made to the Constitution and governance arrangements were:
- May 2012: A reduction in the size of Council to make it more effective and efficient
- March 2013: The creation of an ex-officio place on Council for the vice president
- September 2013: Changes to make it easier for members to submit proxies for general meetings
- March 2014: Electronic voting for Council elections to make it quicker and easier for members to vote
- September 2014: Changing the voting system for electing Council to the single transferable vote (STV)
May 2016 – the first element of the final changes was placing on a formal basis the convention that the Vice President succeeds to the Presidency unopposed. The final part of the reform programme are the changes which e-enable membership voting on resolutions and amendments in advance of, and in future during our general meetings.