A message from BLS President, Ben Tarrant:-
Last night I, together with Ashley Palminteri your immediate past president attended a private dinner in Birmingham hosted by Nick Fluck (president of the Law Society of England and Wales) with the presidents and vice presidents of the local law societies of Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester together with the regional representatives of the national law society.
The discussion was dominated by the forthcoming special general meeting of the Law Society Council at 10:30 am on Tuesday 17 December 2013 in the Law Society’s Hall, 113 Chancery Lane to discuss a motion of no confidence in the President and the chief executive in relation to the Law Society’s negotiations with the Lord Chancellor over criminal legal aid.
Bristol Law Society’s view is that a vote in favour of the resolution will be disruptive and damaging to the profession and will only diminish our ability to advocate and negotiate against the proposals suggested by Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor.
It is not possible to vote by proxy at the SGM so if you want to vote you have to be in the room on the day. For this reason Bristol Law Society will commit to organising a coach to take practitioners to and from the SGM in London provided there is sufficient interest in attending. We need to impose a minimum requirement of 30 people to register for the coach and require a £20 contribution per person.
If you would like to attend the special general meeting using the BLS organised transport please could you contact Valerie Squire, administrator of BLS on 0117 976 3087 firstname.lastname@example.org to register and please forward a cheque in the sum of £20.00 payable to “Bristol Law Society” to Valerie at The Law Library The Law Courts Small Street Bristol, BS1 1DA by 12 noon on Friday 6th December 2013. We have to impose this deadline otherwise the cancellation charges increase significantly. If we do not reach the minimum number then we will make a decision on whether to proceed on Monday 9th December 2013 and if we decide not to proceed we will refund your money.
Please note that this meeting is for members of the Law Society only. Before being admitted to the meeting, you will be asked to produce your membership card or some other appropriate photographic identification which will enable the Law Society to confirm your membership. For space planning purposes, it would assist the Law Society if you would let them know that you are planning to attend the meeting. To do this please email SGMattendance@lawsociety.org.uk not later than 5.00 pm on Thursday 5 December 2013. (There is no need to tell them if you are not planning to attend.) The formal notice of the SGM, with the text of the motion, list of signatories, and statements (by those calling for the SGM, and by the Society), is attached for your reference. It will shortly be posted on the Law Society’s website. The SGM is also being announced in Professional Update and in the Law Society Gazette.
I hope that you find this proposal helpful and will take advantage of the opportunity.
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