Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008


Amendment of section 73 of Solicitors Act 1954.

34.— Section 73 (as amended by section 7 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act 1994) of the Solicitors Act 1954 is amended by substituting the following for subsections (3) and (4):

“(3) Subject to subsections (4) and (4A), the membership and quorum of a committee under this section shall be as specified by the Council and any such membership may include—

( a) solicitors who are not members of the Council,

( b) persons who are not solicitors.

(4) Where functions of the Society which are performable by the Council are delegated to a committee under this section, that committee, in the performance of all or any of its delegated functions, may sit in one or more divisions, provided that the quorum of such a division shall be three.

(4A) Where functions of the Society under section 8 (as amended by section 39 of the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008) or 9 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act 1994 are delegated to a committee under this section, then—

( a) a majority of the members of the committee, any quorum of the committee, any division of the committee or quorum of such division, shall be persons who are not solicitors, and

( b) that committee or any division of that committee shall be chaired by a person who is a solicitor.”.