The Society of Bangladeshi Solicitors
Approved Constitution as Amended
1. Name: The organisation shall be called “The Society of Bangladeshi Solicitors” and is established for the benefit of its members, practising Solicitors in England and Wales.
2. Office: The Head Office of the Society shall be situated in London.
3. Objectives: The Society shall operate in the UK as a voluntary organisation with the aim of achieving the following non-political objectives:
o To preserve the dignity and highest tradition of the members of the Society; and to perform activities beneficial for its members;
o To promote the welfare and interests of its members with the object of enabling them to develop their professionalism and acquire adequate level of competence and efficiency to discharge their duties to the profession;
o To undertake research and provide education and training in law and practice;
o To further research and provide education and training in law and practice;
o To work together with UK Judiciary, Bangladesh Judiciary, The General Council of Bar (UK) and Bangladesh Bar Council.
o To work together with other organisations whose objects are similar to those of the Society.
o To promote interaction among the other members of legal profession and other relevant bodies;
o To promote good relations with leading UK based Bangladeshi organisations and the media;
o To facilitate social contact among families of the members of the Society by organising social events;
o To help and assist poor and disadvantaged members of society in relation to their legal affairs;
o To create legal awareness of legal rights in the community at large, and in particular among the Bangladeshi community in the UK;
o To generally do such other incidental things, acts or deeds that will assist in the fulfilment of the above objectives.
4. Definition: In this Constitution, unless there is anything repugnant to in the subject or context-
a) The Society means “The Society of Bangladeshi Solicitors”
b) The Constitution means the constitution of the Society
c) The body means the present group of people of the Society selected or elected by the general members
d) The Governing Body means those elected in accordance with clause 10 of the Constitution and entrusted with the task of running the Society.
e) A Member shall be a person defined as such in clause 5 of this Constitution.
f) General Meeting means a meeting of the Society’s members held within the terms of clause 13 of this Constitution
5. Member: Any person of Bangladeshi origin and authorised to practise as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales may, on an application duly accompanied by the requisite fee , become a member of the Society. For the purpose of this Constitution, a person shall be regarded as of Bangladeshi origin, provided he was born there or is in possession of Bangladeshi Citizenship or is descended from a parent either born in Bangladesh or is/was otherwise a citizen of that country.
Any person wishing to become a member shall be required to submit an application on a prescribed form to the General Secretary of the Society. The Governing Body, in its own absolute discretion, may, accept or reject any such application.
6. Patron, Advisor and Honorary Member: The Society in any of its general meeting may on the recommendation of the Governing Body select or elect any suitable person as a Patron, Advisor or an Honorary Member of the Society.
7. Membership Fees: The fee accompanying an application for membership of the Society shall be £50.00 (fifty pounds). In addition, all members shall pay an annual subscription of £100.00 (one hundred pounds) or such other amount as may be determined by the Governing Body from time to time. A person elected as a member of the Governing Body shall be required to pay an additional sum equal to his annual membership subscription. A member shall not be entitled to vote at any general meeting unless his membership subscription is fully paid-up.
8. Termination of Membership: Membership of the Society will be automatically terminated, where a member:
a) ceases to be a Solicitor;
b) serves a written notice of resignation on the General Secretary of the Society;
c) is in arrears in respect of his/her annual subscription 30 days before the Annual General Meeting
The Society may, by resolution passed by two thirds majority of its members voting at a general meeting called for this purpose, either suspend for a limited period or terminate the membership of a member who:
d) has acted against the interest of the Society;
e) has acted in such a manner as to bring the Solicitor’s profession to disrepute;
f) has been found guilty by the Law Society of conduct unbefitting a solicitor.
9 Advisory Council: An Advisory Council may be formed of senior or retired solicitors of Bangladeshi origin resident in the UK. The expression “of Bangladeshi origin” shall have the same meaning as in clause 5 of this Constitution.
10 Governing Body: The day to day management of the Society shall be in the hands of a Governing Body which will be elected at a biennial general meeting of the Society. The body shall comprise of the following 21 persons:
• President 1
• Vice-Presidents 4
• General Secretary 1
• Joint Secretary 2
• Organising Secretary 1
• Treasurer 1
• Joint Treasurer 1
• Education & Training Secretary 1
• Cultural Secretary 1
• Press & Publicity Secretary 1
• Members 7
a) Seven members of the Governing Body shall constitute the quorum at its meetings. However, if the meeting is postponed for insufficient quorum, any number of members present in the next meeting shall form the said quorum.
b) A meeting of the Governing Body shall be held at least every three months in a calendar year.
c) At least before seven days of the Governing Body’s meeting; the date, agenda and venue will be notified to its members in writing.
d) The Governing Body shall have power to hold an emergency meeting by providing 48 hours notice. The quorum at such meeting shall be seven of its member.
e) If any member of the Body remains absent for three consecutive meetings, without a reasonable explanation acceptable to the Governing Body, he/she shall be deemed to have resigned from the Governing Body. The remaining members of the Governing Body shall have power to fill the resulting vacancy. However, a decision will be taken on the result of majority count of votes
f) Proxy voting may be allowed but not more than two consecutive occasions
11 Officers and their responsibilities
President and Vice President: Any member of the Society who has practised in England and Wales for 5 years may stand for election as President or Vice- President of its Governing Body.
General Secretary: Any member of the Society who has practised law in England and Wales for 3 years may stand for election as its General Secretary of its Governing Body.
Organising Secretary, Press and Publicity Secretary, Treasurer, Education & Training Secretary Joint Treasurer & Joint secretary: Any member of the Society may stand for election as its Organising Secretary, Press and Publicity Secretary, Treasurer, Education & Training Secretary, Joint Treasurer, Joint Secretary and members of its Governing Body.
a. President: The President shall be regarded as the head of the Society. He/she shall preside over all the meeting of the Governing Body or any other meeting of the Society and where it is impracticable to convene a meeting of the Governing Body, shall take and execute decisions on its behalf which he/she shall report to the next meeting of the Governing Body.
b. Vice–President: In the absence of the President, the Vice–President will perform the duties of the President. At any other time the President may delegate any of his/her responsibilities or any such duty on him/her as he/she thinks necessary for the fulfilment of the objects of the Society.
c. General Secretary: The General Secretary will perform the responsibilities of the Chief Executive of the Society. Subject to authorisation by the Governing Body, he/she may recruit and manage workers and together with the Treasurer be responsible for the budget, income and expenditure of the Society. He/she will present a report of the activities of the Society at its Governing Body meetings and submit a written report to the members at general meetings.
d. Organising Secretary: The Organising Secretary will be responsible for organising the Society’s activities.
e. Publicity and Press Secretary: The Publicity and Press Secretary will undertake all publicity of the Society and liaise with media organisations. He/she will also generally act as its spokesperson.
f. Treasury: The Treasurer will be primarily responsible for setting and monitoring the Society’s budget. He/she will submit regular reports of the Society’s finances to the Governing Body and submit its financial statement / accounts to the members at its Annual General Meetings or at such other meeting as is required.
g. Joint Treasurer: In the absence of the Treasurer, the Joint Treasurer will perform his/her duties. At any other time the Treasurer may delegate any of his/her responsibilities or any such duty on him/her as he/she thinks necessary for the fulfilment of the objects of the Society.
h. Education & Training Secretary: The Education & Training Secretary will be responsible for organising research, education and training for members of the Society. He/she will also be responsible for liaising with other organisations likely to assist in the professional developments of the Society’s members.
i. Joint secretary: In the absence of the General Secretary, the Joint Secretary will perform his/her duties. At any other time the General Secretary may delegate any of his/her responsibilities or any such duty on him/her as he/she thinks necessary for the fulfilment of the objects of the Society.
j. Members: At the request of the General Secretary, members will help and assist in carrying out activities of the Society.
a. The Society shall raise and maintain a fund held in a bank account in its name which shall operate on the signature of the General Secretary and Treasurer. The amount of money they may withdraw in any single transaction shall be limited by a resolution of the Governing Body.
b. A financial statement / accounts of the Society’s finances shall be presented at annual general meetings for discussion and approval.
c. The Society shall have the power to raise funds through contributions, membership fees, subscriptions, charging for courses, selling journal, loans and other projects. The funds of the Society shall be devoted to the furtherance of its objects.
13 Meeting :
a Annual General meeting:
1. The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting once in a calendar year and may hold general meetings at any other time.
2. The General Secretary shall serve a written notice of all of the Society’s general meetings on all its members at least 15 days prior to its taking place. The meeting shall specify the venue, date, time and the items for discussion.
3 Presence of one-third of the members of the Society will be considered as quorum of the general meeting.
4 The presence of one-third of the members of the Society shall constitute the quorum of at general meetings of the Society. However, if the meeting is postponed for insufficient quorum, any number of members present in the next meeting shall form the said quorum.
14 Amendments: Any Provision of this Constitution may be added to, repealed or amended only by passing a resolution to this effect at any general meeting of the Society, provided that no such resolution shall be deemed to have been passed unless it is carried by a two third majority of the members being present and agreeing to the said resolution.
This constitution has been approved on the General Meetings held on 16th May 2008 at 2-10 Beaumont Close, Stepney Green, London E1 4NQ
President Mr Sohul Ahmed
General Secretary Mr Muhammad Abul Kalam
Treasurer Mir Belal Hussain Sharif