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Solicitors urged to check their Law Society contact details are up to date to vote on proposals to reform Council
Solicitors were today urged to make sure they have provided an up-to-date email address and are not opted out of Law Society membership (non-marketing) communications or they risk being disenfranchised from a key vote on proposed changes to the Law Society Council.
Following the AGM, at which proposals were first considered to restrict membership of Council to a 12-year term and to introduce reforms to Council constituencies, more than 20 attendees requested a ballot of the Law Society membership, both of which will now go to all members.
The deadline for members to ensure they can participate in the vote by ensuring their emails and contact preferences are up to date is 11 November.
Email addresses can be checked via members’ own verified My Law Society (My LS) accounts or by contacting our Support Centre on 020 7242 1222. Members can also confirm that their preferences for receiving membership (non-marketing) emails from the Law Society are up to date via the Support Centre.
Law Society president David Greene said: “Of course most members are already set up so they can participate in the vote, but as we prepare to send the ballot on Council term limits and the constituency system we are asking members, if they want to cast a vote, to ensure they are not opted out of Law Society membership communications during this period, and have an up to date registered email address so their vote can be cast.
“These proposals are important. The constituency changes would see the number of geographical seats reduced, while increasing seats for others including in-house lawyers, junior lawyers and women.
“Members will also be able to vote on a 12-year term limit for Council members, which is an important issue for the profession.”
Notes to editors
This year’s AGM was conducted online for the first time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also moved from July to October due to the pandemic.
There is currently no limit to serving on the governing Council.
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