Members of our committees and subcommittees play a vital role in the running of the Law Society, and carry out valuable work for the profession and the public.
We are now recruiting for solicitors and non-solicitors for the committees listed below, along with a number of convener positions. You can read committee remits and about the work they do on the committee pages of our website. We are also recruiting a Board member, a solicitor member with less than 10 years PQE.
If you require any further information over and above what is already there, the relevant committee secretary will be able to answer any questions you might have.
The deadline for all completed application forms is 12noon on Thursday, 22 April 2021. Further details on how to apply and the application form are at the bottom of this page.
We have a vacancy on the Law Society’s Board for a solicitor with less than 10 years PQE.
The Board is one of the key governance committees at the Society. It meets 11 times per annum on the second Monday of each month. This post attracts a payment of £2,612 to the post holder. You can read more about the Board and it's current members on our website. If you wish to discuss being a Board member and what it entails in more detail then please contact secretary to the board Laraine Bathgate in the first instance.
We have three vacancies for conveners across the following committees:
- Access to Justice committee (a solicitor Law Society Council member with 5 years PQE failing which a solicitor member)
- Client protection subcommittee (a solicitor Law Society Council member with preferably 1 year on Council and experience of membership of a regulatory subcommittee or the regulatory committee)
- Competition law subcommittee (experience in competition Law)
The post of convener to the Access to Justice Committee attracts a payment of £5,223 to the post holder. The post of convener to the Client Protection subcommittee attracts a payment of £7,833 to the post holder.
There is one vacancy for a solicitor member on our Nominations Committee.
There is one vacancy for a lay member on our Regulatory Committee.
The Regulatory Committee has responsibility for the operation of the Society’s regulatory functions. Our regulatory sub committees report to this committee.
The following regulatory sub committees have vacancies as follows:
- Appeals & Reviews sub committee – 2 lay members
- Client Protection sub committee – 1 lay and 1 solicitor member
- Complaints Oversight sub committee – 1 lay member
- Practising Certificate sub committee – 2 lay members
- Professional Conduct sub committee – 5 lay members
- Rights of Audience sub committee – 1 lay member
- Rules, Waivers & Guidance sub committee – 1 lay and 1 solicitor member
The following committees have vacancies as follows:
- Legal Aid committee – solicitors specialising in civil legal aid
- Senior Solicitor Advocate Accreditation Committee – 1 lay and 1 solicitor member
To apply for any of the positions in this recruitment round, please complete the application form on this page. Please note, you may apply for the position of convener and/or that of solicitor or non-solicitor member. Should you wish to apply for both, please submit two applications, one for the convener position, and one for the member position.
The deadline for all completed application forms is 12noon on Thursday 22 April 2021. Please email application forms to CommitteeRecruitment@lawscot.org.uk
Please do complete the application form as thoroughly as possible. It will be the completed application form which will be the basis of assessment for all positions. The forms will initially be reviewed by the convener of the relevant committee and committee secretary, who will then determine whether it is necessary to hold interviews prior to making a final recommendation for appointment.
There are two exceptions to this process and that is for appointments to the Regulatory Committee and our Board. All applications to the Regulatory Committee and Board are considered by the Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee then makes its recommendations for appointment to both the Regulatory Committee and the Board to our governing Council.
For the position of conveners, all applications will be considered by the Nominations Committee. All final appointments will be made by the Council for non-regulatory appointments and by the Regulatory Committee for regulatory appointments.
Where interviews are deemed necessary they will be held by video conference.
Maximum of three applications per applicant.
CV's sent will be rejected.
The Society reserves the right to seek more information from external sources in relation to the information provided on the application form.
It is important in making an application for committee/subcommittee membership to address the following in your form:
- The remit of the committee/subcommittee for which you are making the application.
- Your experience and knowledge in the area of work of the committee.
- Your current experience as a committee member in other areas.
- Your ability to read the committee papers, attend committee meetings and contribute to the work of the committee at meetings and out with meetings.
- Your knowledge of the Society’s values, strategic objectives and your ability to work as a team member with the convener, other committee members and the committee secretary.
It is important in making an application for the position of convener to address the following in your form:
- The remit of the committee/subcommittee for which you are making the application for the convener position.
- Your detailed experience and knowledge in the area of work of the committee.
- Your current experience as a convener in other areas.
- Your ability to chair meetings and provide leadership to the committee..
- Your knowledge of the Society’s values, strategic objectives and your ability to work all committee members and the committee secretary.
- Your availability to act as a spokesperson for the Society on the work of the committee.
- Your availability to work with the committee secretary on committee matters outside of the committee meetings
Policy on appointment of lay members to Council, the Regulatory Committee and regulatory subcommittees to take effect from all recruitment rounds after 15 March 2021
Constitution of the Law Society of Scotland
Section 2; Interpretation
‘a lay member”, means a member of Council who is a person who appears to
the Council to be qualified to represent the interests of the public in relation
to the provision of legal services in Scotland or, having regard to the
Society’s functions, appears to the Council to be suitable in other respects,
but is not a:
(a) member of the Society,
(b) member of the Faculty of Advocates,
(c) conveyancing or executry practitioner as defined in section 23 of
the 1990 Act,
(d) person having a right to conduct litigation or a right of audience
by virtue of section 27 of the 1990 Act,
(e) confirmation agent as defined in section 90(4) of the 2010 Act, or
will writer as defined in section 101(3) of the 2010 Act.
“a member of the Society” means a solicitor who in terms of Section 2(1) of
the Act has in force a practising certificate, and any other solicitor who has
paid the current annual membership subscription to the Society and whose
name appears upon the Roll of Solicitors kept by the Council;
Section 3C(1)(b) Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 (as inserted by section 133 Legal Services ( Scotland ) Act 2010
‘at least 50% of the (Regulatory) committee's membership is to comprise lay persons’
Section 3C(4) 1980 Act
In subsection (1)(b), “lay persons” are persons who are not—
(c) conveyancing or executry practitioners as defined in section 23 of the 1990 Act,
(d) those having a right to conduct litigation, or a right of audience, by virtue of section 27 of the 1990 Act, or
(e) confirmation agents or will writers within the meaning of Part 3 of the 2010 Act.
When considering the appointment or re-appointment of any person as a lay member to the Council of the Law Society, the Regulatory Committee or a sub-committee of the Regulatory Committee, consideration should be given to whether a person could generally be considered independent of the legal profession and hold a public interest perspective.
Specifically, those who should not be considered for lay membership shall include:
- Any person, who within the preceding 10 years, has fallen within any of those categories as set out within section 3C(4) of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980.
- Any person who currently is, or has been within the preceding 10 years, regulated or represented by, but not limited to, any of the following;
a) regulatory body authorised by the Legal Services Board with the exception of those authorised to regulate Chartered Accountants,
b) the Association of Commercial Attorneys,
c) the Law Society of Northern Ireland or
d) the Bar of Northern Ireland.
- Any person who:
a) is a trainee solicitor or undertaking pupillage with the Faculty of Advocates (Devilling),
b) is employed by a business regulated for the purposes of providing legal services,
c) has been subject to a finding of misconduct by a professional or disciplinary body and as a result has had the right to practice removed (i.e. struck off / disbarred) or
d) is subject to a current suspension of the right to practice.
The guidance does not apply to representative, governance or policy committees or sub-committees.