We have received the following email from a member:
If the Society of which you are so worthy a Secretary decided to increase the subscription by 60% then I am sure that many members would simply vote with their feet and you would no doubt have a flood of resignations.
I am astonished that the SLCC proposes to increase the annual levy by 60%. I do not see how that could be justified even in good business conditions but in the current climate I would have thought that this proposed increase deserved to be described as both unreasonable and unacceptable.
Is there anything that can be done?
One other aspect of the SLCC has been drawn to our attention. It appears that there have been a number of litigations between SLCC and the Law Society. It seems that Scottish solicitors fund both sides of these disputes. It is a little bit like the man who reversed his first car into his second car in the driveway. It just seems to be a strange way to spend your money.
We are not aware of any complaints as to how SLCC gets on with its business but the nature of the institution appears to present the risk of significant damage in the future.
It is, of course, entirely within the power of the profession to operate its own efficient complaints system and render the statutory body superfluous. Comment is invited.