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Preliminary notice of council elections 2017

15 September 2017

Preliminary notice is hereby given, in accordance with Bye-Law 49, that elections of members of the Council will shortly be taking place for three seats:-

Geographical constituencies

Constituency
number
Title of constituencyNo. of vacancies
4North East London1
24*Wolverhampton and Staffordshire1

Non-geographical constituencies

Constituency
number
Title of constituencyNo. of vacancies
N/ACrown Prosecution Service1

*This constituency seat is classed as a casual vacancy as the previous member who stood down in 2016 was not replaced in the 2016 or 2017 elections. Therefore the term of office is due to expire in July 2020. The term of office of the other two seats will be until July 2021.

Wolverhampton and North Staffordshire and Crown Prosecution Service seats were unfilled following the Council elections held prior to the Annual General Meeting held on 6 July 2017. The nomination committees established under Bye-Law 64 and Bye-Law 79(4) in each constituency were unable to make a nomination in either case.

The vacant seat in Constituency No 4 - North East London was previously held by Joy Merriam, who retired just prior to the Annual General Meeting.

Timetable for the October-November 2017 Council elections (PDF 211kb)

Nominations

Geographical constituencies

For the geographical constituencies, nominations are invited from solicitors (who must be members of the Law Society) who have a registered address in the constituency concerned or who are members of a local law society in the constituency. Candidates must be nominated by two other Law Society members who must have a registered address in the constituency.

Non-geographical constituencies

For the non-geographical constituencies, nominations are invited from solicitors (who must be members of the Law Society) who fall within the category of solicitors referred to in the seat designation or who practise in the relevant area of law. Candidates must be nominated by two other Law Society members who are qualified on the same basis.

Read our step-by-step guide to making a nomination (PDF)

If you have any questions contact us at councilelections@lawsociety.org.uk, by telephone on 020 7316 5674 or by fax on 020 7316 5770.

The Society wishes to encourage nominations from all eligible solicitors irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or disability.

Nominations should be received by the Office of the Chief Executive, The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL (DX 56 Lon/Chancery Ln) not later than 17.00 on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Term of office

The normal term of office of a Council member is four years, unless otherwise stated. Please note, however, that the Law Society is currently undertaking a governance review, as a result of which current arrangements may change in the future.

Paul Tennant
Interim Chief Executive

The Law Society's Hall
113 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1PL