President, Vice-President, Past President and Honorary Vice-President of the Society

Section 15. President, Vice-President, Past President and Honorary Vice-President
(1) The Council shall at its first meeting after the 1st day of November in each year, receive nominations for the office of President and Vice-President and shall thereafter elect at its first meeting after the 1st day of December in each year one of its number who has been a member of Council for at least three years to be President of the Society, and another of its number who has also been a member of Council for at least three years to be Vice-President of the Society, to hold office as from the date of the first meeting of the Council held after the next annual election of members of the Council; provided always that if at or prior to the latter date the President elect or Vice-President elect ceases to be a member of Council, his election as President or Vice-President shall be void as at the date of such cessation, and the Council shall at its first meeting held not less than four weeks after the date of such cessation, proceed to a new election of President or Vice- President as the case may be.
Provided that if there are two or more nominations for either office the resulting competition shall be decided by postal ballot. If there are three or more nominations for either office the election shall be conducted by the single transferable vote method.
(2) Notwithstanding Article 5 hereof, the President and Vice-President shall hold office until the date from which their respective successors take office. A President or Vice-President shall cease to hold office if he ceases to be a member of the Society. The President shall be eligible for re-election to that office for each of the two succeeding years, but shall not again be eligible to be President until a period of at least two years has elapsed since he last held that office.
(3) The Vice-President shall not again be eligible to be Vice-President until at least one year has elapsed since he last held that office.
(4) The President or Vice-President may resign at any time from office as such by a signed notice in writing delivered to the Secretary, and the resignation shall take effect upon the delivery of the notice or on a date not later than the date on which he would otherwise have demitted office specified in the said notice, whichever is the later.
(5)
  1. On a casual vacancy occurring in the office of President or Vice- President at a time when there is a President elect or Vice-President elect as the case may be appointed to take up office in the ensuing month of May, the President elect or Vice-President elect shall immediately assume office as President or Vice-President as the case may be; and the resulting additional period of office, which will terminate at the first meeting of the Council held after the next annual election of members of the Council, shall be disregarded in applying the provisions of Articles 15(2) and 15(3) hereof.
  2. On a casual vacancy occurring in the office of President at a time when there is no President elect, the Vice-President shall assume the additional office of Interim President until the next meeting of the Council held less than four weeks after the date of the occurrence of the said vacancy, when the Council shall elect a new President.
  3. On a casual vacancy occurring in the office of Vice-President at a time when there is no Vice-President elect, the Council shall as soon as practicable appoint one of its number to fill the vacancy until the date of the first meeting of the Council held after the next annual election of members of the Council.
(6) From the date upon which the President ceases to hold office as such except when he has resigned in terms of Article 15(4) hereof he shall serve as Past President of the Society for a period of one year. If the Past President is not or if during his period of office he should cease to be a member of Council, he shall ex officio be a member of Council until the expiry of his period of office. The Past President may resign as provided in Article 15(4) hereof and shall cease to hold office if he ceases to be a member of the Society.
(7) The Council may at any meeting elect one of its number or a former one of its number to be Honorary Vice-President of the Society to hold office until the next annual election of members of Council and to carry out such duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Council. If the Honorary Vice-President is not a member of Council or if during his period of office he should cease to be a member of Council, he shall ex officio be a member of Council until the expiry of his period of office. An Honorary Vice-President shall not be eligible for re-election as such. An Honorary Vice-President may resign as provided in Article 15(4) hereof and shall cease to hold office if he ceases to be a member of the Society.  

Admission of Honorary and Other Members of Society

Section 16. Honorary members of Society
(1) The Council may admit as an honorary member of the Society any person of distinction in the legal profession whether or not such person is or has been a member of the Society.
(2) Unless he is a member of the Society an honorary member shall have no right to vote at meetings of the Society or in elections of members of Council and shall not be liable in payment of any annual subscription to the Society.

Section 17. Admission as members of solicitors exempt from holding practising certificates
The Council shall, on application and on payment of the annual subscription, admit as a member of the Society any solicitor who is exempt from taking out a practising certificate.  

Honorary Presidents of Society

Section 18. Honorary Presidents
 [Deleted by a Council Resolution to amend the Constitution of the Law Society of Scotland (effective May 2004).]  

Secretary and staff

Section 19. Secretary and staff
(1) The Council shall appoint a Secretary of the Society who shall be chief executive officer of the Council and it shall pay a suitable remuneration for his services and may make such provision for pension or other rights for his benefit as it thinks proper. The Secretary shall perform such duties as the Council may from time to time determine.
(2) The Council shall appoint such other staff as it thinks necessary for the efficient discharge of the functions of the Society and of the Council, and shall pay to every member of staff appointed under this Article suitable remuneration and may make such provision for pension or other rights for his benefit as it thinks proper.