Let's hear it for separation

Your suggestion that there should be two separate bodies dealing with the regulatory and trade union aspects of the profession in last week's editorial 'Time for a solution' is not new.

The British Legal Association was set up in 1964 and since that time has been campaigning strenuously for such a situation. Indeed, in its memorandum to the Royal Commission on Legal Services in the late 1970s it submitted that this would be an ideal situation.

The British Legal Association still contends that the regulatory and interest aspects of the profession should be kept separate.

R Beech

Chair of the British Legal Association

2 Princess Way

Swansea SA1 3LW.

Advice from in-house

I have re-read what Martin Mears wrote in last week's issue (The Lawyer 27 February) and I cannot find anything in Peter Crawford's letter appearing in the current issue (The Lawyer 5 March) which contradicts the conclusion that the working party is unlikely to achieve anything, whatever the reason.

When I moved into industry nearly 20 years ago, the company's then legal adviser said to me: "Our job is not to tell the client that he cannot do something, but to find out what his objectives are and find a way they can be achieved."

This is sound advice which I have always tried to follow.

Sadly, those in private practice rarely have this positive attitude; perhaps one reason why they are frequently held in low regard by in-house lawyers.

Brian Ellingsworth


Grimbles Oast



Kent TN11 0AN.