I’ve noticed the letters on solicitors adopting the title of ‘doctor’. I can see the benefit – not only to align us with our European counterparts, but to create a new distinction between professional lawyers and our assistants in the grandiosely titled Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. I am sure all members have witnessed the lengths these colleagues go to be mistaken as solicitors.

Not only is it annoying, it is also misleading for the public. I don’t know how or why they were ever allowed to use the title ‘Legal Executive’ – how could it suggest anything other than someone high(er?) up in the legal profession?

Let’s put the doctor question to a vote. That seems the obvious way to determine whether it is wanted by our members.

In-house solicitor, name and address withheld on request