I take exception to the implication in Dr Critchlow’s letter that non-graduates in the profession may not be in ‘the interests of the public we serve’.  

For a number of years I was head of a large, diverse and thriving city practice in which a number of the partners (like myself) had not been to university. There was absolutely no noticeable difference in the quality of advice, work and service between the graduates and the non-graduates: in fact, one of the latter became a part-time judge.

Five years’ good articles did more to inculcate professionalism in me than any number of years at university might have done – still having clients at 82 would seem to confirm this.

Dick Arnold, Chard, Somerset