Lawyers prepare to rock London in aid of Hampshire charities

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Lawyers will be rocking the stage of a London music venue as they compete in a battle of the bands to raise money for Hampshire charities.

The band Eclectic Zoo – made up of solicitors from Southampton-based law firm Blake Lapthorn, former colleagues and musicians with close links to the firm – will take part in Law Rocks! 2014.

The competition, held at the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street, sees law firms compete to impress the judges while raising money for their chosen charities through ticket sales.

Eclectic Zoo will be supporting two of Blake Lapthorn’s charities - the Rainbow Centre in Fareham, which supports children with cerebral palsy, and the Haven Wessex appeal, which aims to open a new centre to help women affected by breast cancer in Dorset, south Wiltshire, Hampshire and parts of West Sussex.

In the band are property litigation partner Amanda Morris, trainee solicitor Carina McFadden and IT applications analyst Victoria Ashton on vocals; dispute resolution associate Jessica Tresham on keyboards and vocals; and Andy Cippico and Rob Davenport on guitar. Paul Rutter, a lecturer from Southampton Solent University, which is a client of the firm, will play drums.

At the event on May 1, the band will perform a soulful set of tracks by artists such as Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner and are promising a surprise mash-up which will be revealed on the night.

They will be up against rival law firms Davenport Lyons, Kilburn & Strode, Ashurst, Weightmans and Proven Legal Technologies.

The performance will follow up on the band’s victory last year at Solent Rocks! – a similar competition hosted by Blake Lapthorn at The Brook, Southampton, in November, at which Eclectic Zoo took the winner’s trophy.

Vocalist and Blake Lapthorn partner Amanda Morris said: “These events are always a chance for us to let our hair down and have a lot of fun while raising money for some very deserving local causes.

“We’re very much looking forward to the performance and we’ll be doing our best to impress the judges on the night.”

Supporters who would like to sponsor the band can click here to pledge money in aid of The Haven, and click here to support The Rainbow Centre.