Berwin Leighton Paisner’s BLP rock supergroup Real State romped home as the standout winner of Law Rocks 2010 at a packed 100 Club last night.
Property partner David Battiscombe’s eight-piece band beat off stiff competition from Blake Lapthorn, Nabarro, Davies Arnold Cooper, Pinsent Masons and Lovells to take the crown.
A judging panel of Everything But The Girl drummer June Miles-Kingston, Chris Taylor from charity Busking for Cancer and The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths assessed each band. As soon as Real State cranked up the chords to Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You it was clear the ante had been upped.
“You’re now the guys to beat,” said Griffiths, channelling Amanda Holden.
Rumours had circulated the 100 Club on the night that the evening would be rigged to give the legendary fret-burner Bob Kidby, the leader of Lovells’ The New Teen Titans and retiring partner, a happy ending. Sadly for Kidby, it was not to be.
Real State’s relentless musical assault, led by Eddie Van Halen-like lawyer Chris Marsden, saw a packed dance floor and an ecstatic - and only mildly partisan - crowd whooping for more.
They got it when, after being crowned champs, compere Mr Justice Coulson invited Real State to hit the stage once more.
The band obliged with not one but two encores, Primal Scream’s Rocks and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition.
Last night’s legal market battle of the bands, which was organised by Keating Chambers senior clerk Nick Child, is the first of two charity fundraising events this summer. The second of this year’s Law Rocks events will take place on 24 June.
“The quality of the bands was, as ever, first class and on many occasions indistinguishable from professionals,” said Child. “It was again very tight, but BLP are deserved winners. I just cannot believe the enthusiasm of everyone that participates, be it attending or supporting – and I cannot wait for June 24th now.