Rounding up the stragglers

CMS Cameron McKenna’s entry to next month’s Law Rocks spectacular is pinning its hopes for a packed 100 Club on its band’s legal skills.

CMS Cameron McKenna’s entry to next month’s Law Rocks spectacular is pinning its hopes for a packed 100 Club on its band’s legal skills.

The Stragglers – CMS Cameron McKenna

“We’re called The Stragglers,” says guitarist Jonathan Dames. “It was a toss up between that and the Strugglers but then we might get a few Stranglers fans in by mistake. Of course, we might also get done for passing off.”

The Stragglers have a strict policy regarding their musical influences – they must begin with a “K”.

“Our influences go from King Crimson to Kylie via Kraftwerk,” says Dames. “We couldn’t get ourselves into a decent band so decided to form our own. We’re telling people that our managing partner wanted us to do a Euroean tour of our eastern Europe offices and that we’ve decided to interrupt that for Law Rocks. Which sadly means we won’t be able to play at Roskilde or Glastonbury this year.”

The Stragglers has a torrid history and a revolving line up that’s left Dames and fellow guitarist Paul Smiththe only two originals.

“We had a guitarist but he left, and a concert pianist who left, and a great drummer,” remembers Dames. “He also left. Still, so far no-one’s died.”

The first-ever Law Rocks event will be at the legendary 100 Club on Thursday 18 June.

Bands from Addleshaw Goddard, Berwin Leighton Paisner, CMS, Keating Chambers, Lovells and Nabarro will battle it out before a panel of judges and compere, Mr Justice Coulson.

Passing off or no passing off, the eventis already sold out and is expected to raise several thousand of pounds for charity. But as always, donations are still needed.

In particular, Law Rocks is auctioning three pairs of tickets for the event.  Further details of how to bid for these tickets can be found on www.lawrocks.com

If you wish to make a donation to any of the bands’ chosen charities – please use the links under “The Bands” on the front page of “Law Rocks” alternatively you can donate directly from the links below:

Addleshaw Goddard – Nominated Charity – Centrepoint


Berwin Leighton Paisner – Nominated Charity – Teenage Cancer Trust

CMS Cameron McKenna – Nominated Charity – The Rainbow Trust



Keating Chambers – Nominated Charity – North Hertfordshire Breast Unit



Lovells – Nominated Charity – ParalympicsGB



Nabarro – Nominated Charity – Great Ormond Street