The future of the profession. At the latest Annual General Meeting of the Society the President' referred to one aspect which was causing him some concern. When reference was made by him to the number of contracts of articles registered in the previous year he observed that the decrease in numbers was not a healthy sign and that he was of the opinion that the intake into the profession had to be maintained and even increased if the profession was to satisfy the increasing demands which would be made upon it in the future.
""Every little movement has a meaning of its own"" sang the old music hall artiste, and much the same might well be said of many phrases which are in constant use in letters written between solicitors. The passing years have enabled our profession to build up a polite code of phrases in which the latent content is very different from that which is manifest. By use of this code, bad temper is disguised by the writer and is left unaroused in the recipient.
In terms of its Constitution, the Association can only act if the Member-Provinces are unanimous. In fact the constitution provides that an Association resolution must be ratified in writing before it receives any force or effect. In practice, the result is that the profession suffers from an inability to speak on national matters in time for its opinions to be of value. It has happened on numerous occasions that proposed legislation is referred to the Provincial Law Societies for comment. If a matter affects the profession throughout the country, it has to be considered by the Association.