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Practising certificate fee rise to £575 confirmed at SGM
A small rise in the cost of the Scottish solicitor's practising certificate has been agreed at today’s special general meeting of the Law Society of Scotland.
Members voted by around a two thirds majority, including votes cast online, to adopt the proposed rise of £10, or 1.7%, in the 2019-20 subscription to £575, put forward by the Society's Council.
John Mulholland, President of the Society, commented: “The Society is acutely aware that it is difficult to ask our members for any more money. However, this below inflation increase to the cost of practising as a solicitor will ensure we can continue to provide support and services for our members and meet our regulatory requirements.
“It will ensure we have the right resources to be an effective professional body for all Scottish solicitors whilst also restricting the rise in the cost of practice.”
Also at the meeting, Sheriff Brian Kearney and Alistair Cockburn, former chair of the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal, were awarded honorary membership of the Society; draft practice rules that the Society will need to put in place should the UK leave the European Union were considered; and Murray Etherington, chairman of the Insurance Committee, spoke to the profit share agreement for the Master Policy for the three insurance years to the end of 2017.