I have some sympathy with Robin Birley in his fight with Richard Caring.
To lose your name in such a manner is too painful to digest.
His father Mark was a very close friend of mine. So was his late brother Rupert, who died tragically while swimming off the African coast.
Robin I hardly know, but since he’s carrying on with the family tradition I wish him well in his new venture in Mayfair.
A little generosity of spirit in this particular case goes a long way in gaining the respect of one’s peers.