The Council is our decision-making body. It has 39 members elected from geographical constituencies, up to nine co-opted members representing other interest groups and nine non-solicitor members. It meets regularly and is usually chaired by the President. Working with departments and others, a wide range of committees and sub-committees report to the Council.
You can find out more about the standards our Council works to in our code of conduct for Council and committee members.
- To fulfill its statutory obligations which include:
- responsibility for the overall governance regime for the Law Society
- the election of the President and Vice President
- the election of the elected Council members on the Board
- the appointment of conveners of Council committees (bar the Regulatory Committee) and the members of Council committees, subcommittees and working parties .
- Approve the Law Society of Scotland’s strategy, annual business plan and annual budget.
- Discuss and decide on matters of strategic importance, or material operational matters which effect the efficacy of the Society and to bring such matters to the attention of the Board and Society’s Executive.
- Hold the Board to account.
- Discuss and decide any other matter which the Council determines is necessary in order to fulfill its statutory obligations.
- Vote in the election of the President and Vice President and fulfill any other statutory obligations required of them under the 1980 Act
- Vote in the election of the five Council members to the Board
- Participate in the appointment of the conveners of the Committees of the Council (bar the Regulatory Committee) and the members of Council committees, subcommittees and working parties
- Represent their constituents whether they are an elected or co-opted Council member
- Promote the interests of the public in relation to the profession as a lay member of Council
- Raise matters of generic or sector concern/interest from their constituents with the appropriate team within the Law Society and/or Council
- Raise matters of public interest in relation to the profession as a lay member of Council
- Communicate effectively as a Council member with their constituents on matters of interest
- Serve on one committee or working party throughout each three year term as a Council member
- Advance the work of the Council to both the profession and public
- Acquire a good understanding of the principal areas of work of the Law Society
- Comply with the code of conduct for Council and committee members