Voting now open for Law Society Council elections
Voting is now open for the Law Society of Scotland’s Council elections and solicitors in the five contested constituencies are being encouraged to make the most of their vote.
This year, eight of the 10 seats due to be filled will see a contested election after 17 solicitors put themselves forward to sit on the Council, the Society’s principle decision making body.
Lorna Jack, chief executive of the Law Society, said: "It is really positive to see so many of our members putting themselves forward to help their professional body lead and support a successful respected Scottish legal profession. Council members represent the views of Scottish solicitors and help to shape the Council's policies and take decisions affecting the profession. The legal profession continues to go through a huge amount of change and I would encourage our members to take the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidates.”
Members have until 12 noon, 20 May to cast their votes and successful candidates will be appointed as Council members on 21 May, before this year’s annual general meeting on Thursday, 28 May.
More information about the candidates and how to vote can be found on the Society’s website at /councilelections.
ENDS 11 May 2015
The complete list of candidates for this year's Council elections is:
Dingwall, Dornoch, Elgin, Inverness, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Lochmaddy, Portree, Stornoway, Tain & Wick (two Council seats):
- Diane Macfarlane, Public Defence Solicitors Office, Kirkwall
- George MacWilliam, MacArthur & Co, Inverness
- Sheekha Saha, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Stornoway
Duns, Haddington, Jedburgh, Peebles and Selkirk (two Council seats):
- Iain Burke, Bannerman Burke, Selkirk
- Struan Ferguson, Blackwood & Smith, Peebles
- Alan Livingstone, Hastings & Co, Kelso
- Patricia Thom, Patricia Thom & Co, Galashiels
Campbeltown, Dumbarton, Dunoon, Fort William, Oban & Rothesay (two Council seats):
- Philip Lafferty, Clyde Defence Lawyers Ltd, Clydebank
- Campbell Read, Stewart Balfour & Sutherland, Campbeltown
Arbroath, Dundee & Forfar (one Council seat):
Alloa, Falkirk, Linlithgow & Stirling (two Council seats):
- Kirsty Cargill, KW Law, Livingstone
- Ken Dalling, Dalling, Stirling
- Roy Lumsden, Sneddon Morrison, Whitburn
- John Mulholland, Marshall Wilson Law Group Limited, Falkirk
England & Wales (one Council seat):
- Cecilia Parker Aranha, Competition and Markets Authority, London
- Naomi Pryde, Matthew Arnold & Baldwin, London
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