Council vacancies March 2017

Law Society of Scotland Council

The Council is the Society’s principal decision making body.  It agrees the Society’s strategy, annual operating plan and budget and takes key policy decisions on a broad range of subjects.

Most Council members are solicitors who are elected from geographical constituencies across Scotland. Around a third of these seats come up for election each year. There are also up to nine co-opted members representing other interest groups and nine non-solicitor members.

Why should I become a Council member?

Do you want to lead and support the solicitor profession through times of change?  Do you want to influence key decisions and bring a fresh perspective to the work of the Law Society of Scotland?

Being a Council member can be a fulfilling, fascinating and challenging experience. It is your chance to expand your network, broaden your circle of influence and contribute to the evolution of the profession.

Don’t take our word for it though – watch our short video to find out what current council members have to say about their time on Council and why you should join.

You can also view this video on Vimeo

Which areas are recruiting new Council members?

The Society is now accepting nominations for Council members to represent solicitors in the following areas:

  • Aberdeen, Banff, Peterhead & Stonehaven – 2 Council seats

  • Ayr, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright & Stranraer – 2 Council seats

  • Airdrie, Hamilton & Lanark – 2 Council seats

  • Edinburgh – 5 Council seats

How to become a Council member?

You should submit your completed nomination and candidate information forms to our registrar, David Cullen by 12 noon on Wednesday 26 April 2017. 

The detail in your candidate information form will provide the basis of your election profile and will be shared on our website as part of the campaign.

If you would like to nominate yourself, you must be a member of the Society working in the relevant constituency.  Your nomination must be supported by two proposers, who must be either practising or non-practising members of the Society and have business addresses in the constituency for which you are standing.

2017 Appointments

Council members will take up their new roles as of 27 May 2017.  You will have the opportunity to represent the views of solicitors in your constituency at Council meetings which take place in Edinburgh nine times a year.  You can find out more about the role of Council members and our code of conduct here.


Voting will take place from 4 May to 18 May 2017 and all results will published on our website.