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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.”.