Kingdom security supervisor takes part in charity gigs
Mike works at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (informally known as Freshfields), and has provided security to the prestigious law firm for the last nine years, seven of them as supervisor. Freshfields has many groups and clubs for their staff to join, including sports teams and a well established choir. Last year, a number of Freshfields staff, ranging from paralegals to partners, came together to form a rock band. The band chose the name FleetStreet Mac, combining the iconic location of Freshfields, Fleet Street, with the iconic band, Fleetwood Mac. Mike has played drums in the eight person line-up since it started.
Their first gig together was last year when the band decided to enter a competition called Law Rocks. Law Rocks is a series of live “Battle of the Bands” style rock concerts in which bands comprised of legal professionals battle it out on stage to raise money for charity. Having started in 2009 at one of the most celebrated and iconic live music venues in London, The 100 Club on Oxford Street, Law Rocks is spreading across the globe with events now in London, Boston, Chicago, Istanbul, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. The winning band is determined by a combination of factors including the votes of a panel of judges. The net event proceeds are shared across all the charities being played for on the night, with the winning band’s designated charity benefitting the most.
Last year the band came second, which was a fantastic achievement considering it was their first gig together. Since then the band has grown in popularity and there has been a slight change in the line-up. FleetStreet Mac have taken part in a number of other gigs to raise money for charity, and once again took part in the Law Rocks competition at the 100 Club on Oxford Street on the 14th May this year. Their play list included the Guns ‘N’ Roses intro, Let It Go, and I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness. Their full playlist can be viewed here, and a video of one of their performances can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de-jPim_RBI. This year they managed to improve on their fantastic performance of last year and finish an incredible joint first, scoring the same as the band from rival law firm Irwin Mitchell – a fantastic achievement! Congratulations to Mike and the band! They will now go through to the final, which will take place later in the year, after all the other heats have taken place. Fresh from their success, the band took part in another charity gig on Saturday 6th June, and is now looking forward to taking part in more gigs later in the year. To keep up-to-date with their progress, please like their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/fleetstreetmac
Freshfields was established in 1743 and is a member of the ‘Magic Circle’ of leading British law firms. Headquartered in London, they have 27 offices in 17 jurisdictions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. They were awarded Global Law Firm of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.
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