Law Society invites nominations for constituency Council members

Law Society invites nominations for constituency Council members

Nominations are now open for solicitors hoping to join the Law Society of Scotland’s decision-making body, representing the Glasgow & Strathkelvin, Perth, Greenock, Kilmarnock & Paisley Cupar, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy constituencies.

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

Ken Dalling, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “I became a Council member for the Alloa, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Stirling constituency in 2010, and the experience has been stimulating and challenging but also hugely rewarding. Being on the Council gives you a fantastic opportunity to engage in issues of significance to the legal profession and wider civic Scotland.

“I would strongly encourage eligible members to consider standing for election. It is a fantastic experience for any solicitor who wants to help shape the future of the legal profession and a great way to make your voice heard and represent your fellow members when key decisions are being made.

“This is a very exciting time for the Law Society, and a great opportunity to be involved in a whole range of issues, including legal services regulation, criminal justice reform and legal aid as well as the development of a new five-year strategy for the Society itself. Becoming a Council member is a great opportunity to be part of all that.”

Nominations for this election are open from 12 noon, Thursday 31 March, until 12 noon, Thursday 21 April 2022. In the event of a contested election, voting will be open from 12 noon Thursday 5 May 2022 and close at noon on Thursday 19 May 2022.

Solicitors who have a place of business within any of the constituencies on the date six weeks before the date of the opening of the election period (5 May 2022) are eligible for nomination and to vote in the election.

The successful candidate will be invited to attend their first Council meeting on Friday 27 May 2022, with their term running through until May 2025. There are eight Council meetings a year, all of which are currently being held virtually.

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

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