Dear editor (or should I just say ‘Hi’?). James Morton’s piece (11 June) reminds me of the practice adopted by a firm in Walsall where I used to practise. Their form of salutation on letters was ‘Gentlemen’. Of course, that was sexist (a term not then known) but it was a time when ladies were not engaged other than in the typists’ room. 

‘Gentlemen.’ It has the advantage of omitting the meaningless ‘Dear’; but how can we update it? ‘Gentlemen and Ladies’ sounds like the direction to the toilets.

Andrew Gill, partner and notary public, Malmesbury, Wiltshire