Yet another highly respected, innovative and award-winning solicitors’ practice fails, with untold misery for staff who now find themselves unemployed, and probably with family and financial commitments they cannot meet. Surely, someone must see that there is something radically wrong with the profession. Is it simply a matter of greed by a few who desire to have all the market? Is it plain stupidity of some who take on work at ridiculously low margins trying to emulate the ‘Tesco law’ model?

When will it be recognised that it does not matter what competitors are doing. Almost any business can survive providing it supplies a needed, good-quality and consistent service at a reasonable price. After all, that is all the public have ever wanted. I might be accused of being naive, but I have just posted another record year.

Trevor Moore, notary public & solicitor, Ibstock, Leicestershire