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01 March 2018

President Welcomes Newly Qualified Solicitors at Admissions Ceremony

President Eileen Ewing welcomed newly admitted solicitors to the legal profession yesterday at the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Admission Ceremony which took place at Whitla Hall at Queen’s University in Belfast on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Despite the bad weather over 90 newly admitted solicitors joined masters, family and friends for the important event in the legal calendar.

As part of the Ceremony the Registrar of Solicitors, Alan Hunter presented the newly admitted solicitors to the Society’s President and to the Lord Chief Justice for Northern Ireland, Sir Declan Morgan.

In her key note address the President of the Law Society, Eileen Ewing took the occasion to offer some advice and guidance to the newly admitted solicitors.

She said:

“You have become officers of the Court and you will, from now on, carry with you the duties and responsibilities that your admission in this jurisdiction entails”.

Adding

As a Solicitor and an Officer of the Court you have a duty to be a professional lawyer. In every case you take, whether it is big or small, remember that it is important to someone. For better or for worse, your advice and advocacy as a solicitor will affect and change people’s lives”.

The President concluded her speech by quoting the author Oliver Wendell Holmes, who said

“In what other profession, does one plunge so deep into the stream of life, so share in its passions, its battles, its despair, its triumphs?"

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