No pinstripes or loud ties, solicitors are told

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Solicitors have been told not to wear pinstriped suits when appearing on television because they make the wearer look untrustworthy.

Solicitors have been told not to wear pinstriped suits when appearing on television because they make the wearer look untrustworthy.

They should also avoid loud ties, polka dots and dandruff, the Law Society has advised its 80,000 members.

The 18-page booklet, The Law Society's Guide for Public Relations Officers, has been written because solicitors are increasingly expected to speak for clients in high-profile cases.

It says: "Viewers will look at you and decide immediately if you look professional and trustworthy. This means that you should choose carefully what you are going to wear."

Guidelines on dealing with interviews suggests: "Always check over your shoulder to see what you are being interviewed in front of. If it is a positive story, it is a good idea to stand in front of your company plaque or logo."

It also advises: "Try to avoid making no comment ... You will find it harder to get [the press] off your back and you will not be able to complain if speculation is reported as fact."