I am sorry to see from Mr Ellingsworth's letter in your issue of 12 March 1996 that he has a low regard for solicitors in private practice. No doubt there are some who deserve this.
However, for the most part he is, I hope, wrong. Certainly my colleagues and I - when lecturing on professional development courses and the professional skills courses - encourage a positive and proactive approach, quoting in support the recent Mortgage Express case. Having been an in-house lawyer myself for some five and a half years, I know how valuable the objective counsel of a lawyer in private practice can be. Perhaps Mr Ellingsworth should move the work he puts out to private practice to another firm.