HENRY HODGE: "Has the experience and the ability to effectively lead the profession, promoting service to the clients and decent remuneration for solicitors."
- Promote a guideline fee structure for conveyancing and proceed with work on defined retainers.
- Cut the practice certificate by 10 per cent, promote no-claims bonuses for indemnity funds and penalty deductibles for those with bad claims records.
- Turn the Solicitors Complaints Bureau into an agency targeting firms with poor complaints record for attention and set up regional conciliation services.
- Continue to develop help lines and provide subsidised help on practice management.
- Consult over the abolition of minimum salaries for trainees and replace with guideline salaries with safety net minimum.
- Law Society reform could include a 'Parliament of Council', local law societies and specialist sections with decision making "cabinet" accountable to that parliament.
- Fight legal aid reform plans.
MARTIN MEARS: "A genuinely radical candidate who can identify the profession's main problems and is determined to solve them."
- Stop building regional offices, conduct external audits on the cost and usefulness of present offices in UK and Brussels and reduce Law Society staff through natural wastage.
- Drastically reduce the number of training course places to as little as 1,000 a year to cut surplus of lawyers.
- Transfer the cost of indemnity insurance in conveyancing transactions to disbursement directly levied on client.
- End SCB's quasi-independence by bringing it back
completely in-house with complaints handling monitored by Law Society visitor with appeals tribunal appointed by Master of the Rolls.
- Place the day-to-day running of the council in the hands of elected office holders accountable to council meeting at least once a month. President should stand for re-election for up to two more years.
- No quotas or targets to promote anti-discrimination.
- Law Society has lost legal aid battle but will fight reforms.
EILEEN PEMBRIDGE: "Can deliver change, has a reputation for standing up for the profession and hasn't been afraid to speak out against the Law Society Council."
- A defined conveyancing retainer, practice rule and discount insurance premiums for firms with quality accreditation. Favours separate representation in long term.
- Oppose the unworkable aspects of divorce law reform and trumpet the undervalued family lawyer.
- Extend regional offices and local initiatives.
- Boost the role of women lawyers and those from ethnic minorities in the profession and Law Society as part of democratisation plans to make Chancery Lane more representative of profession.
- Promote practice and/or case management standards as valuable marketing tools for firms alongside more information hot-lines.
- Deposit for complainants (refundable if complaints are substantiated) to SCB and bar on complaints by clients' opponents unless backed by independent legal opinion.