Door opens to trainees at Law Soc

A recent Law Society council resignation has reopened the possibility of the Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) gaining representation. A TSG member intends to stand in the forthcoming by-election.

Robert Roscoe, who resigned his City of Westminster seat in December last year, leaves the door open for Charles Fraser, assistant solicitor at Witham Weld and member of the TSG, to run in the by-election, the results of which will be announced later this month.

The TSG made an application for a seat to the council membership committee on 27 January, as reported in The Lawyer last week. The committee's recommendations will be put before the Law Society council in March.

The current move follows the TSG's failed attempt to secure a seat on the council last year.

Fraser says he fully supports the TSG's application for a seat, although he is also standing for a seat in his own right, which, as a qualified solicitor, he is entitled to do.

Fraser states that: “The fact that I am standing is not going to affect the application by the TSG.”

Nominations for the seat closed last week with Fraser, Louise Delahunty, partner at Peters & Peters, and Ian McCulloch, senior partner at Bircham & Co, in the running.