20 June 2019
Oxford Art Factory
What. A. Night. First, huge thank-yous to our esteemed judges, Cass the photographer, our hosts Oxford Art Factory, our sponsors FTI, Transperfect and Korda Mentha, and Yalari for sending along their ambassador.
Secondly, but definitely no less importantly, HUGE congratulations to MintEllica for a storming set and a well-deserved win. We now all want pink hair.
Finally, more thank yous to all of our bands – Transperfect, Allens, Minters, Greenway, NRF and DLA - for bringing the energy, the music and the crowd, and the dollars for charity. You are all superstar rock gods and we love watching you do your thing.
Law Rocks is proud that the Fifth Annual Law Rocks! Sydney benefited Yalari. Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation offering secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.
Featuring legal talent from Allens
A mouthwatering collection of pop favourites for the whole (firm) family.
Featuring legal talent from Greenway Chambers
Vocals and keys, Imogen Thomas;
Drums, Alex Robinson;
Bass and vocals, Hernan Pintos-Lopez;
Rhythm guitar, Ian Roberts SC;
Lead guitar Lucas Shipway;
Vocals and backing vocals, Tim Hackett; and
Backing vocals, Michael Connor
Featuring legal talent from MinterEllison
MintEllica was formed at MinterEllison in 2016 to take part in the second edition of Law Rocks in Sydney. In their debut performance, the band followed up AC-DC with Adele and that set the tone for the band. MintEllica showcases the diversity that exists within the world of rock, rather than focusing on any one of its sub-genres. When MintEllica hits the stage, the only thing you can expect is variety.
James “Hetfield” Stanton and Phil “as intense as Lars” Turner are the yin and yang of MintEllica and have been with the band since its inception. Singer and rhythm guitarist James, a Senior Associate from MinterEllison’s disputes and insurance group, brings unrivalled energy on stage and his costumes and make-up are stuff of Law Rocks legend. James will be playing a MinterEllison branded guitar supplied by charity, The Blue Guitar Project, for whom the firm has undertaken significant pro bono work. Lead guitarist and Special Counsel, Phil, despite being largely immobile on stage, is the guy who mobilises the band offstage. The attention to detail that Phil has as a financial services lawyer he brings to all things MintEllica.
The band’s rhythm section comprises two of the nicest lawyers you will ever meet. Kosta Hountalas on drums is MintEllica’s pulse and also brings to the band some much needed tattoos. Big Pat McElhone is unflappable whether on the bass guitar or in the office.
Making their MintEllica debut are singers, Stella “Pink” Luo and George Napier, and keyboard player Andrew Choi, a man who successfully auditioned for the Conservatorium of Music at Sydney Uni, but turned down their offer to pursue a career in the law. Don’t be fooled by their amazing talent and youthful good looks, this trio really work as Graduates at MinterEllison.
MintEllica would like to acknowledge the support of MinterEllison’s Community Investment program and in particular Keith Rovers and Anton Hermann.
Featuring legal talent from TransPerfect
Despite their name, The Perfections focus is not taking themselves too seriously, having a lot of fun on stage and involving the crowd as much as possible with a selection of fun sing along hits...get ready to sing, scream and jump along to their throwback set.
Tom Balmer, Sydney – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Andrew Stanley, HK – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Kai Minors, Sydney – Keys
Robyn Pettitt, Sydney – Drums
Ben Forrest, Client – Bass
Tony Lim, Sydney – percussion, Hype Man
Featuring legal talent from Norton Rose Fulbright
The Thorns are:
Louise Santos (@louisefsantos) – Vocals
Ray Giblett (@raygiblett) – Lead guitar
Dan Vicano (@dannyvicas) – Rhythm guitar
Josh Carton (@joshuacarton) – Bass
Josh Kwong (@joshkay) – Drums
The Thorns are an exciting and entertaining rock band guaranteed to put on a huge live show. The Thorns are mainstays of LawRocks, having competed at every LawRocks! Sydney and taking out the top prize in 2016. The band are entertainers, renowned for getting crowds involved in each show and delivering a rocking show with set lists of crowd favourites covering a wide range of genres.
When they’re not raising the roof at the Oxford Art Factory, they dabble in their part time hobbies of construction, insurance, and banking and restructuring law.