Photo of the whole band.

Take it to the Bridge

Take it to the Bridge

Join the fan club! Watch out for the Howard Kennedy house band's upcoming gigs...   

  • London | 10 Oct
  • London | 17 Oct
  • Seoul | 26 Sept
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Howard Kennedy's band, Take It To The Bridge, is one of our worst kept secrets.

It was formed in 2011 to allow some of our talented members of staff to get involved in Law Rocks events (A charitable organisation that hosts "battle of the band" events between lawyers) at a time when the organisation itself was in its infancy. 

We have continued to support Law Rocks over the years and in 2019 our band was one of only a few invited to perform at the organisation's 10 year birthday bash at London's Scala, celebrating global fundraising of over $3m.

The band performs at Law Rocks and independent events in the UK several times a year. These gigs, particularly those at the spiritual home of Law Rocks at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, are highlights of the year for Howard Kennedy employees, partners and our clients and contacts. 

The band has also been lucky enough to be invited, every year since 2014, to perform with the Law Rocks events at the International Bar Association's annual conference. Thanks to this opportunity they have performed in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America in the past 5 years.

The band has had many faces over the years, having lost a few members to other pursuits (babies, relocations and seats at the bench), but the current line-up is here to stay. Can you blame them?

Photo of all band members.
Nick Mendoza playing drums
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<h1>Nick Mendoza</h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Instrument:</strong> Drums</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Fave back catalogue song: </strong>The Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden)</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Nick has played the drums for the band since it was established.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">When he's not keeping the rest of the band in time and warming up the crowd, Nick is a Senior Associate in the Administration of Estates team, acting on complex international matters. </p> <p class="rich-text-button"><span class="m-rich-text-button-purplebg-yellowtxt"><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=260CB0D70673403F8DE5BF1A24215F8F&amp;_z=z">Nick's legal experience</a></span></p>

Nick Mendoza

Instrument: Drums

Fave back catalogue song: The Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden)

Nick has played the drums for the band since it was established.

When he's not keeping the rest of the band in time and warming up the crowd, Nick is a Senior Associate in the Administration of Estates team, acting on complex international matters.

Nick's legal experience

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<h1>Julia Wookey</h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Instrument: </strong>Saxophone and Backing Vocals</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Fave back catalogue song: </strong>Survivor (Destiny's Child) x Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Julia started playing in the band when she joined the firm as a trainee.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">When she's not stealing guitar solos from Pete, Julia is an Associate in our dispute resolution team, acting on a variety of matters, and also spearheads the firm's Pro Bono offering. </p> <p class="rich-text-button"><span class="m-rich-text-button-purplebg-yellowtxt"><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6475B6D7B9AD44169F7AFE2892C1105F&amp;_z=z">Julia's legal experience</a></span></p>

Julia Wookey

Instrument: Saxophone and Backing Vocals

Fave back catalogue song: Survivor (Destiny's Child) x Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)

Julia started playing in the band when she joined the firm as a trainee.

When she's not stealing guitar solos from Pete, Julia is an Associate in our dispute resolution team, acting on a variety of matters, and also spearheads the firm's Pro Bono offering.

Julia's legal experience

Julia Wookey on saxaphone
Jessica Smith on bass guitar
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<h1>Jessica Smith</h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Instrument:</strong> Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals and Violin (sometimes)<br /> <strong>Fave back catalogue song:</strong> Standing In The Way Of Control (Gossip)</p> <p>Jessie has been a member of the band since before she started her training contract at the firm.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">When she's not slapping the bass big time, she works as an Associate in our Family team, helping high net worth individuals cope with the ramifications (financial and otherwise) of complex family breakdowns. </p> <p class="rich-text-button"><span class="m-rich-text-button-purplebg-yellowtxt"><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=36A3B28B1B0E452E94F26F84E31949BA&amp;_z=z">Jessica's legal experience</a></span></p>

Jessica Smith

Instrument: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals and Violin (sometimes)
Fave back catalogue song: Standing In The Way Of Control (Gossip)

Jessie has been a member of the band since before she started her training contract at the firm.

When she's not slapping the bass big time, she works as an Associate in our Family team, helping high net worth individuals cope with the ramifications (financial and otherwise) of complex family breakdowns.

Jessica's legal experience

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<h1>Peter Birkett</h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Instrument:</strong> Lead Guitar</p> <p><strong>Fave back catalogue song: </strong>All These Things That I've Done (The Killers)</p> <p>Pete is our lead guitarist and the founding member of the band. When not shredding his Les Paul, Pete is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate department, acting on a variety of projects. </p> <p class="rich-text-button"><span class="m-rich-text-button-purplebg-yellowtxt"><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D00178416BA649BAA95BD46541F86471&amp;_z=z">Peter's legal experience</a></span></p> <p><span style="background-color: #ffffff; color: #666666;">&nbsp;</span></p>

Peter Birkett

Instrument: Lead Guitar

Fave back catalogue song: All These Things That I've Done (The Killers)

Pete is our lead guitarist and the founding member of the band. When not shredding his Les Paul, Pete is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate department, acting on a variety of projects.

Peter's legal experience

 

Peter Birkett on guitar
Tom Solomons on guitar
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<h1>Tom Solomons</h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Instrument:</strong> Guitar and backing vocals</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Fave back catalogue song:</strong> Times Like These (Foo Fighters)</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Tom was headhunted into the band in 2017 after we learned of his varied talents and boundless on-stage energy.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">When he is not singing falsetto harmonies while jumping up and down on the spot, Tom is a Paralegal in our Commercial Development team, acting on the sale of high-value residential units for our developer clients. (He also plays in a real professional band, but don't tell anyone.)</p> <p class="rich-text-button"><span class="m-rich-text-button-purplebg-yellowtxt"><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F460FA8D3ED24665932DBEBDCDD0930C&amp;_z=z">Tom's legal experience</a></span></p>

Tom Solomons

Instrument: Guitar and backing vocals

Fave back catalogue song: Times Like These (Foo Fighters)

Tom was headhunted into the band in 2017 after we learned of his varied talents and boundless on-stage energy.

When he is not singing falsetto harmonies while jumping up and down on the spot, Tom is a Paralegal in our Commercial Development team, acting on the sale of high-value residential units for our developer clients. (He also plays in a real professional band, but don't tell anyone.)

Tom's legal experience

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<h1>Jazmin Brown</h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Instrument: </strong>Keys</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Fave back catalogue song:</strong> Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks) x Bootylicious (Destiny's Child)</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Jazmin is the newest member of the band, having started playing keys for the 10 year anniversary performance in June 2019.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">When she's not adding twinkly riffs, Jazmin is a Solicitor in the Family team, acting for high net worth individuals in relation primarily to their complex children matters. </p> <p class="rich-text-button"><span class="m-rich-text-button-purplebg-yellowtxt"><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CCABD15510FD46AFA29D3613926ED680&amp;_z=z">Jazmin's legal experience</a></span></p>

Jazmin Brown

Instrument: Keys

Fave back catalogue song: Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks) x Bootylicious (Destiny's Child)

Jazmin is the newest member of the band, having started playing keys for the 10 year anniversary performance in June 2019.

When she's not adding twinkly riffs, Jazmin is a Solicitor in the Family team, acting for high net worth individuals in relation primarily to their complex children matters.

Jazmin's legal experience

Jazmin Brown on keys
Anika James singing
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<h1>Anika James</h1> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Instrument: </strong>Lead Vocals</p> <p><strong>Fave back catalogue song: </strong>The Bad Touch (Bloodhound Gang)</p> <p>Anika has sung (stunning) lead vocals for the band ever since it was set up. Formally a solicitor with Howard Kennedy, Anika no longer works for the firm and continues her work in tax law elsewhere. She is our one permitted ringer.</p>

Anika James

Instrument: Lead Vocals

Fave back catalogue song: The Bad Touch (Bloodhound Gang)

Anika has sung (stunning) lead vocals for the band ever since it was set up. Formally a solicitor with Howard Kennedy, Anika no longer works for the firm and continues her work in tax law elsewhere. She is our one permitted ringer.

Seoul gig 26 September 2019

UPCOMING GIG: Seoul | 26 September 2019

UPCOMING GIG: Seoul | 26 September 2019

If you're at the IBA 2019 come check us out! 

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London gig 10 October 2019

UPCOMING GIG: London | 10 Oct 2019

UPCOMING GIG: London | 10 Oct 2019

At our favourite spot, the 100 Club. Check us out! 

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London unplugged gig October 17 2019

UPCOMING GIG: London | 17 Oct 2019

UPCOMING GIG: London | 17 Oct 2019

Law Rocks Unplugged - get your ticket now! 

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