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 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:
- 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)
The working party
The working party looking at improving the constitution has the following members:
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 child law.
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:
Kevin Lang, Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 0131 476 8167