Does Michael Gove (‘Ban solicitor-advocates’) think it is just to tell a defendant that he cannot place his case in the hands of an experienced advocate of his choice, so that he can be a source of funds for an apparently struggling branch of the profession?

It is to be hoped that the Bar Council will have the dignity to disassociate itself from this idea.

Alasdair Darroch, retired circuit judge and former solicitor-advocate, Norwich