Solicitors hoping to represent their local constituencies as Council members on the Law Society of Scotland’s decision-making body have just two days left to submit their nominations.

Becoming a member of the Law Society Council provides an opportunity to influence key developments, contribute to the work of the Society and support local solicitors.

Graham Matthews, Vice President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “I became a Council member in 2005 in order get closer to the decision-making process which shapes and influences our profession.   

“It is a unique opportunity and privilege to represent the views of solicitors in your constituency, expand your network and broaden your understanding of the work of the Law Society.  

“I have found the experience to be challenging and rewarding, not to mention enjoyable and would highly recommend it to my fellow Scottish solicitors.”

This year, there are a total of 11 seats available across four constituencies and solicitors working in those areas are invited to nominate themselves for election:

  • Aberdeen, Banff, Peterhead & Stonehaven – two Council seats
  • Ayr, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright & Stranraer – two Council seats
  • Airdrie, Hamilton and Lanark – two Council seats
  • Edinburgh – five Council seats

Nominations for the 2017 Council elections will be accepted until 12 noon on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

Voting will be open from 4 May – 18 May and successful candidates will be appointed as Council members on 27 May 2017.

More information about the application process and what’s involved in being a Council member can be found on the Law Society’s website.

The Society has produced a short video featuring current Council members talking about what they have found valuable about their experiences of sitting on Council and why they think others should consider joining.

Law Society of Scotland Council 2017/18

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