Further questions

How can the Society properly represent its members if it is to have non-solicitors on its Council?

Most similar organisations have lay members on their boards and councils. They not only meet any obligations there are to the public interest, but bring additional skills, talent and knowledge to the workings of the organisation and to its membership. Any future non-solicitor members of the Council will be appointed through a recruitment process which would seek to comply with the spirit of the Nolan principles.