Ambulance chasers... or "personal injury protection" claims, as the chasers prefer to call it. My mother had been getting calls every week for years, beginning "hello, madam, I am calling about your recent motor vehicle accident"... I remember a time in the UK when solicitors and barristers could not advertise. I believe it was simple illegal. Over here in France, I think that "notaires" (more or less the equivalent of a hybrid between what the Americans call "notaries public" and what in the UK would be " commissioners for oaths"), along with "avocats" (solicitors / lawyers) and pharmacists cannot advertise; this is in exchange for them working in professions with fixed rates and more or less guaranteed income (i.e. licenses to print money, if they're prepared to put in the hours).