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GBA votes to allow corporate membership

15 January 2010

The Glasgow Bar Association has voted to amend its constitution to allow corporate members to join the Association.

The unanimous decision at a special general meeting this week follows the announcement last month by legal firm MacRoberts that it would seek to join the GBA in order to improve its lobbying power.

MacRoberts partner David Flint was the instigator of last year's move to reduce the practising certificate fee payable by solicitors to the Law Society of Scotland to £400. The motion was defeated but the Society implemented a £100 cut following a budget review.

The GBA's current President John McGovern recently called for a referendum on the continued representational role of the Law Society.

Following the vote Mr McGovern said: "We are delighted to welcome applications for membership from firms of solicitors who have not historically been associated with the GBA. The Legal Services Bill will, in the view of the GBA, remove the independence of the profession from the Government and for that reason the GBA has serious reservations about ABS. If there are any firms who share those concerns then they should contact us."

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