Obiter is all in favour of livening up legal conferences with a theme song. Quite often the message is fairly downbeat so End of the World As We Know It might seem appropriate. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now might also be on the playlist for some conferences we could name.

The Association of Costs Lawyers had its own theme this morning for the annual get-together: Shania Twain’s You’re Still the One. The song, the conference chair explained, took inspiration from the lyrics ‘Looks like we made it, look how far we’ve come, my baby’, showing the enduring permanence of the costs lawyer.

The rest of the song made a little less sense. Costs lawyers are an attractive bunch, no doubt, but Twain’s line of ‘When I first saw you, I saw love, and the first time you touched me, I felt love’ doesn’t quite ring true. Neither are costs lawyers the ones we kiss goodnight, despite what Ms Twain’s words might suggest.

Still, we admire the efforts to jazz up these events, even if they did miss a trick by not picking Money Money Money.