David McIntosh, President of the Law Society

The Law Society Council has indeed decided that it is time to make sure it raises the resources it needs to be a model and modern regulator through the practising certificate fee.
The fact that a postal vote was called for the 26 members of the profession – and not 90, as your article ('City faces £2.3m Law Soc bill', 23 July) suggests – is simply a demonstration by a small number of solicitors with a lack of appreciation that a postal vote will not change the decision taken by council, nor the recommendation by the Master of the Rolls, who ultimately makes the decision.
Mr Digby-Bell's view in the article was not one expressed by him either at council or at the AGM. He was absent at both. Other City lawyers, however, have voted for the increase.