It takes something special for Obiter to notice a law firm advertisement these days.
QualitySolicitors’ attempt at fusing John Lewis branding with Richard Curtis direction was amusing if a tad sentimental (and what a great rendition of Jimmy Cliff’s Hard Road to Travel). Hampson Hughes made suffering an injury seem like a blast when it co-opted the Herman’s Hermits song I’m Into Something Good to promote its services.
Now it’s the turn of Slater & Gordon, the Australian firm currently vacuuming up law firms like a game of Hungry Hippos, to interrupt Coronation Street. Its ad introduces an injured woman struggling to stand or even chop a courgette.
However, 30 seconds later she’s found a lawyer and is now able to walk around her garden and offer to cook her partner a chicken teriyaki. What a fitting way to celebrate a successful settlement.
Keen viewers will notice that the Lazarus figure is played by Kirsty Dillon, best known as WPC Stephens in Midsomer Murders.
Now her back has cleared up, Obiter would suggest there must be a post-traumatic stress disorder claim for the body count she must have encountered in that role.