Is It Legal?. Image shows from L to R: Alison (Kate Isitt), Bob Birch (Patrick Barlow), Stella Phelps (Imelda Staunton), Darren (Matthew Ashforde), Colin Lotus (Richard Lumsden). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd
Is It Legal?

Is It Legal?

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV / Channel 4
  • 1995 - 1998
  • 21 episodes (3 series)

Solicitors Lotus, Spackman & Phelps is staffed by an almost entirely inept, but nevertheless well-meaning team - success is not their strongest point. Stars Imelda Staunton, Patrick Barlow, Richard Lumsden, Kate Isitt, Matthew Ashforde and more.

Is It Legal?. Image shows from L to R: Colin Lotus (Richard Lumsden), Stella Phelps (Imelda Staunton), Bob Birch (Patrick Barlow), Alison (Kate Isitt), Darren (Matthew Ashforde). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd

Key details

1995 - 1998
ITV, Channel 4
21 (3 series)
Imelda Staunton, Patrick Barlow, Richard Lumsden, Kate Isitt, Matthew Ashforde, Jeremy Clyde and Nicole Arumugam
Simon Nye and Elaine Cameron
Martin Dennis
Beryl Vertue, Hugh Warren and Al Burgess

Solicitors Lotus, Spackman & Phelps (of Hounslow High Street) is staffed by an almost completely inept, but nevertheless rather enthusiastic and well-meaning, team.

Headed up by partners Colin Lotus (a young man, hopeless in law but transferred his late father's partnership), Dick Spackman (who isn't especially knowledgable with legal matters but loves sailing, golf and sherry), and Stella Phelps (reasonably talented, but especially prone to mood-swings), the business also comprises office manager Bob (hopelessly in love with Sarah, the delivery girl from the Mr Bappy sandwich bar downstairs), general dogsbody Darren, and the unbelievably lazy and useless secretary Alison ("You're only here because your boyfriend is an estate agent and puts a lot of work our way!").

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 12th September 1995 at 8:30pm on ITV
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 9th December 1998 at 9:30pm on Channel 4

Recording details

  • Teddington Studios
  • Staines and Walton-on-Thames - Locations

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