According to research by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, legal and financial institutions impose a hidden "poshness test" when recruiting.
The implication from their findings is that if you want to get a top job with a Magic Circle law firm, a major investment bank or a big four accountant, it helps to have the right accent and educational background.
Those of us who believe that the British class system disappeared soon after the Second World War will have been surprised to learn that who you know and how you speak is still more important to some employers than what you can do.
It seems likely that most readers of this column will believe in meritocracy i.e. that quality of work and thought should be much more important than social factors when deciding who is to become the next partner in their practice. Perhaps we have all been getting it wrong?
Looked at from one perspective, if all of your clients have been to Oxford or Cambridge following their schooling at Eton and Harrow, they may turn their noses up at sly Scots or canny cockneys. The downside is that they may find themselves advised by an upper-class twit.
On the other hand, given the rates that accountants and lawyers charge these days, achieving the perfect solution would seem to be a bigger attraction for most clients than sharing happy memories of beatings by a Flashman-like prefect.
Perhaps the most encouraging conclusion that one can reach from what really are shocking findings relates to the possibility of developing our own practices going forward.
If the big organisations are too snobbish to employ the best people, that gives those lower down the food chain an opportunity to recruit high quality staff, even if we may have to put up with perceived lack of social graces.
One other point to consider is whether the trick for those who have not had the appropriate education is to go foreign.
Very few recruiters over here would have a clue whether schools or universities in Australia or South Africa are top-notch. This might explain why so many of them have successful careers in the UK.
The corollary is that those unfortunates with comprehensive school backgrounds and university education at former polytechnics might benefit by moving to the EU (while Brits are still welcome) or possibly somewhere in the former Commonwealth.