CMS Cameron McKenna emerged victorious from a hard-fought inaugural Law Rocks battle of the bands last night.
Six groups from five law firms and one barristers chambers rocked a hot and sweaty 100 Club in London in front of a partisan and highly vocal audience.
A hand-picked panel of judges featuring editor of The Lawyer Catrin Griffiths, Ince & Co partner David Steward and Jake Leighton-Pope of music agency Creative Artists deliberated throughout the evening while compere Mr Justice Peter Coulson kept order.
Performers were marked on a range of criteria including energy and enthusiasm, quality and presentation.
“I never knew there was so much musical talent in the legal market,” said Griffiths. “They went all the way up to eleven.”
Camerons’ group, The Stragglers, was third on the stage. The band launched into a cover of the Dandy Warhols’ Bohemian Like You to get the crowd going but it was The Killers’ All These Things That I Have Done that propelled the six-piece group into a sing-off final against Nabarro’s band Music Matters.
Keating Chambers senior clerk Nick Child was the brains behind the legal market’s first-ever battle of the bands.
“It couldn’t have gone any better,” said Child. “Everyone genuinely had a really good time, but if it wasn’t for everyone’s enthusiasm it wouldn’t have been the event it was. I’m already looking forward to organising the next one.”
Last night’s Law Rocks event raised more than £5,000, with each group nominating a charity of its choice.
Camerons raised around £3,000 for The Rainbow Trust, while the bands from Keating Chambers, Addleshaw Goddard, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Lovells and Nabarro raised around £400 each for their chosen charities.