THE TRAINEE Solicitors' Group is supporting a proposal to hold admission ceremonies in regional centres as well as at Chancery Lane.
The proposal – first raised by Law Society vice-president John Young – has recently been researched
by the society. Its head of legal education Nick Saunders says a “prototype ceremony” will be held in the provinces next year.
He says a venue has not been booked for the ceremony, but it is likely it will be held either in Yorkshire or the North West.
“We have been looking at this for a little while. We will see how the first regional ceremony goes and what level of interest we have from people coming up for admission,” says Saunders.
“If it is favourable we will have to assess how many ceremonies will be held outside of London.”
TSG chair Richard Moorhead says that the change would mean solicitors could be admitted in their own localities and society officials would get the opportunity to meet members of local branches.
The TSG says some solicitors find the cost of attending the ceremony prohib- itive. Because of this it is often impractical to invite friends and relatives.
“Personally I think it is a great idea,” says Moorhead.