Council reports 2016

Council Meeting, 29 April 2016

EU referendum

Issues around the European Union referendum were considered by Council members during a debate on a draft Society discussion document.

The Council heard that the Society had committed in this year’s annual plan to produce a report to help inform solicitors and their clients before the EU vote.

It was stressed that the Society was not taking a policy position in relation to the arguments for and against leaving the European Union.

Feedback was taken from members and it was agreed that a revised document would be considered at next month’s Board meeting.

The Society has already consulted widely with solicitors on the implications of the referendum. Council members were told that hustings events were also organised for Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Society fees

Council members agreed a proposal to maintain a freeze on the practising certificate fee, which has remained unchanged since 2010/11.

The £550 fee for 2016/17 will now be put to members at next month’s annual general meeting.

A number of other fees were unchanged by the Council. Next year’s statutory retention fee was set at £100, the non-practising certificate member fee at £200 and the Client Protection Fund accounts fee at £400

The Council agreed with a recommendation from the Client Protection Fund Sub-Committee to set the Client Protection Fund contribution for 2016/17 at £180, which is also the same as last year.

The agenda for next month’s AGM, which will take place at the Society’s new premises at Atria One in Edinburgh, was also approved.

Council members

The Council paid tribute to a number of retiring Council members.

The President, Christine McLintock, said they had all been hard working members who conscientiously represented their constituents

Those retiring were Dominic Sellar and Ian Sievwright, both members for Glasgow and Strathkelvin, and Eileen Sumpter, who joined the Council in 2007 and stands down from the constituency of Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy.

Former president

Deepest sympathies were expressed to the family of former Society President Norman Biggart CBE, who died last month.

Current President Christine McLintock said Norman, who held the presidency in 1982/83, had been greatly involved with the work of the Society, in particular with the introduction of the Diploma in Legal Practice in 1980. 

He was one of the pioneers behind producing a new encyclopaedia of Scots law – the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia – and was awarded a CBE for his services to the legal profession.