A tale of two names

Rubinstein not Rubenstein!

My grandfather, J.S. Rubinstein, first practised as a solicitor in Gray's Inn in 1889: the firm became Rubinstein Leggatt & Co.

I followed my uncle, Stanley Rubinstein, practising alongside his two brothers, Harold (my father) and Ronald, as senior partner of Rubinstein Nash & Co.

Now I am retiring as a consultant with its successor firm. My cousin, John Rubinstein, son of Anthony and grandson of Stanley, is one of the partners joining Manches & Co.

In reporting on your front page (The Lawyer, 4 October) the recent merger of Rubinstein Callingham Polden & Gale with Manches & Co under the heading "Manches links up with Rubensteins" (sic), you report "The new firm will remain as Manches, losing Rubenstein's 170-year old name".

Surviving Rubinsteins might regard as sad the disappearance of their name from any firm of solicitors, after a period of 105 years.

Your misspelling of their name is, however, careless, even bizarre.

Michael Rubinstein

2 Raymond Buildings

Gray's Inn

London WC1R 5BZ

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