We have 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 we meet our important responsibilities towards the public interest.

We have 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 equal numbers of solicitors and non-solicitors and is chaired by a non-solicitor member. It operates independently of Council and is responsible for all of the Law Society's regulatory work. We also have representative committees, including our legal aid teams, Public Policy Committee, Criminal Law Committee and In-house Lawyers Committee, which cover particular areas of work or consider the specific interests of different parts of the profession.

We have 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 day-to-day operations and leads a staff of approximately 120 who work from our offices at Atria One in Edinburgh.

We have a senior leadership team, made up of the Chief Executive and five executive directors.

Our Council

The Council is our decision-making body. It's made up of elected members from geographical constituencies, co-opted and non-solicitor members.

Our Board

Our Board is a committee of the Council and supports the office bearers and the Council in taking decisions on operational matters.

Regulatory Committee

The Regulatory Committee oversees all aspects of the regulation of Scottish solicitors and comprises solicitor and non-solicitor members.

Our committees

Our committees carry out valuable work looking at a range of issues to do with improving the law and legal practice.

Office bearers and chief executive

Our President, Vice President, Treasurer, immediate Past President and Chief Executive.

Senior leadership team

Meet our senior leadership team, including our Chief Executive and the executive directors of our various departments.

Past presidents

A list of the individuals who have served as president of the Society since 1964.