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(1)Subject to section 4 and to section 20(3) of the Justices of the M1Peace Act 1949 (which relates to the admission as solicitors of certain persons who have served as assistant to a justices’ clerk), no person shall be admitted as a solicitor unless he has obtained a certificate from the Society that the Society—
(a)is satisfied that he has complied with training regulations, and
(b)is satisfied as to his character and his suitability to be a solicitor.
(2)Any person who has obtained a certificate that the Society is satisfied as mentioned in subsection (1) may apply to the [F1Society] to be admitted as a solicitor; and if any such person so applies, the [F1Society] , F2. . ., shall, unless cause to the contrary is shown to [F3its] satifaction, in writing, and in such manner and form as the [F1Society] may from time to time think fit, admit that person to be a solicitor.
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