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Four seek Society Vice Presidency

28 November 2008

Four members of the Law Society of Scotland's Council were nominated for the position of Vice President of the Society for 2009-10 at today’s Council meeting.

The current Vice President, Ian Smart, was the sole nomination as next year’s President. The nominations for Vice President were: Oliver Adair, the member for the Sheriff Court Districts of Hamilton and Lanark; Janet Hood, a co-opted member who is also chair of the In-house Lawyers’ Group; Ranald Lindsay, representing the Sheriff Court Districts of Dumfries, Stranraer and Kirkcudbright; and Jamie Millar, a member for the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin.

Open governance

In a separate discussion, Council heard a report by Cameron Ritchie from the working party looking at the proposal for a nominations committee to supervise and advise on committee and convener appointments. Mr Ritchie said he believed the committee was “not only desirable but essential” for the open and transparent governance of the Society.

A fuller paper formally proposing the nominations committee, as well as other reforms to the Society’s structures and processes, will be put to next month’s meeting.

60th anniversary to promote profession

A varied programme of events and initiatives is being planned for the Society’s 60th anniversary next year, Council members heard.

Gillian Meighan, the Head of Corporate Communications, said the anniversary was a good opportunity to promote the Society and the profession.

“In addition to the Law in Scotland conference, we are aiming to find fitting ways of commemorating the 60th anniversary to illustrate to the Society’s members, the public, politicians and other stakeholders that the Society is at the heart of civic Scotland and is continuing to lead the solicitors’ profession.”

Council members are urged to offer further suggestions to mark the anniversary.

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