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Lawyers rock on for Mary’s House

October 2016 

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Global charity Law Rocks brought its hugely successful lawyers battle of the bands back to Sydney in mid-October, and once again the focus was on charitable causes instead of billable hours.  Mary’s House was this year’s beneficiary. 

The Sydney leg of the ‘global tour’ took place on two nights, 18-19 October, and featured ten bands from top international and Australian law firms battling for rock star glory.  Allens, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills, Johnson Winter Slattery, King & Wood Mallesons, Minter Ellison and Norton Rose Fulbright swapped suits and gowns for leather and fake tattoos. 

‘We attracted a crowd of nearly a thousand over the two nights,’ said co-organiser Louise Santos, Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright. ‘Judges responsible for crowning this year’s winners include the Supreme Court’s Justice Lucy McCallum and guitarist Ged Corben, formerly of the Lime Spiders.’

‘Charitable giving and creativity are perhaps not the first words that people would choose when describing the average lawyer, so we’re thrilled to have the chance to smash the stereotype and help raise awareness of the wonderful work Mary’s House is doing, at the same time as putting on a great night of entertainment’ said co-organiser Rob Buchanan, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright.  ‘We’re also grateful for the support of our sponsors Casio, FTI Consulting and InfoTrack, and support from the Oxford Art Factory, who waived their fee for the venue.’ 

The winning band on the first night one was Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘The Thorns’, lead by Louise Santos (wearing the English flag) and performing Pat Benatar and Kings of Leon. 

Night two was very close between Ashurt’s ‘Ash and the Hurts’ with covers from Wolf Mother, Britney Spears and Nirvana, and Johnson Winter & Slattery’s ‘Jamming with Slatts’ performing Bowie, Adele and the Smiths.

Victory was claimed by JWS who promptly gave the encore to Ashurst.