The Law Society has received a requisition for a Special General Meeting (SGM) 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.
The date and time of the SGM have been fixed by the Management Board as follows: 10:30 am on Tuesday 17 December 2013 in the Law Society’s Hall, 113 Chancery Lane (unless numbers are such that the meeting needs to be moved, in which case the change in venue will be announced on the website).
The Law Society’s rules provide a window within which the SGM must be held – in this case not before 17 December and no later than 14 January. Management Board decided to hold the meeting at the first available date before the Lord Chancellor’s decision is announced, if possible.
The meeting has been requisitioned, in accordance with Bye-Law 22(1), by 118 members for the purpose of considering the resolution set out below.
That the meeting has no confidence in the ability of Nicholas Fluck, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, and Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society of England and Wales, to properly and effectively represent those members of the Society who undertake publicly funded legal aid work in negotiations with the Lord Chancellor as to the future and extent of criminal legal aid in England and Wales on the grounds that they purported to enter into an agreement with the Lord Chancellor without a mandate from those members of the Society who practise publicly funded criminal law and in circumstances where the purported agreement was to the detriment of and against the will of those members and to the maintenance of a sustainable legal aid service to those subject to criminal proceedings.
Notice of any proposed amendment to the resolution must be given to the Chair of the meeting not later than 10.30 am on Monday 16 December 2013, as required by Bye-Law 31(6). An amendment may not be proposed unless such notice has been given. Notice of any amendment should be sent to Dr Ross Hutchison, Head of Governance (email@example.com; 020 7316 5702).
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 us 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 us 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.
If you have any queries about the SGM process, please feel free to contact Ross Hutchison (Head of Governance: firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Browning (Governance team leader: email@example.com).