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Who we are

The Society has a governing Council, which sits as the principal decision-making body of the organisation. It is made up of solicitor members, the vast majority of whom are elected by solicitors in constituencies covering each part of Scotland. We also have co-opted members representing particular parts of the profession along with new non-solicitor members, who help ensure the Society meets it important responsibilities towards the public interest.

The Society has a smaller Board, which is made up of Council members and takes decisions on operational matters. We are supported by a range of different committees, including the Regulatory Committee, which is made up of solicitors and non-solicitors and is responsible for all of the Society's regulatory work. We also have representative committees, including our legal aid teams, Law Reform Committee, Criminal Law Committee and In-House Lawyers' Group, which cover particular areas of work or consider the specific interests of different parts of the profession.

The Society has a president and a vice president, both of whom are both elected by Council and hold office for one year. The other office bearers are the treasurer and immediate past president. Our chief executive is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Society and leading a staff of approximately 120 who work from our offices at Atria One in Edinburgh.

The Society has a senior management team, made up of the chief executive, deputy chief executive and the heads of our various teams.