Can I countersign a passport application?

I've been asked to countersign a passport for a friend. I am currently a trainee solicitor. The application itself states that

"The person acting as your countersignatory must: be a professional person (including those who are retired) or a person of standing in the community. For example bank or building-society officials, police officers, civil servants, ministers of religion and people with professional qualifications - teachers, accountants, engineers, solicitors and so on; ..."

I have a law degree but am still in training and do not fully qualify as a solicitor until June. I called the passport helpline and the person I spoke to said that as long as I have a law degree, I can countersign. But she didn't sound totally confident!! Does anyone know definitively whether I can sign this just by having a law degree?



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