The new lord chancellor should increase the retirement age for the senior judiciary to 75.

I shall never forget the frustration of having to retire as a recorder at 65 when I felt that after 15 years or so I had at last gained the experience, particularly in family cases, to make a real difference.

I had made it clear that I was prepared to sit (following retirement from my firm) at short notice for as many days a year as needed anywhere on the Western Circuit.

The sort of situations where they seemed to be crying out for such as myself were the urgent interim residence cases which required particular experience.

John Greenwood, retired recorder, Chippenham