The next generation of Irish Solicitors were told last night that their future is bright, following a sustained period of economic uncertainty and a shortage of employment opportunities.
A graduation ceremony took place in the Law Society in Dublin, where 45 newly-qualified members received parchments and were admitted to The Roll of Solicitors.
The new solicitors were told of a changing professional environment and of more prosperous times ahead:
“You are qualifying at a very good time as there does seem to be work again for all solicitors in this country,” the society’s president Simon Murphy said. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy of the High Court noted that “following a number of years through which solicitors were faced with grave difficulties due to the financial and economic circumstances of the country, the future for each of you . . . is now bright”.
Guest speaker, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, said that as with Irish policing, the legal establishment was undergoing change: “Thankfully, like An Garda Síochána, your numbers are growing,” she said.
Mr Justice McCarthy said there had been much discussion on the engagement of the Law Society and the Bar Council with the Government on the development of the Legal Services Bill. “Your profession has long been the subject of extensive regulation, especially in respect of financial affairs, and your society has enforced these with the utmost rigour and success.” However, he said, regulation was secondary to the role of ethos, tradition and history. The professional and collegial interaction of lawyers was central to maintaining standards, he said.
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