Rebecca Fisher

Rebecca Fisher

Partner at Russell-Cooke

Rebecca Fisher answers this month’s 20 Questions

What time did you wake up this morning?
7am – it was a luxury, the children are on half term. Usually it is 6am.

What’s your favourite object in your office?
My coloured Sharpies – what can I say, I love stationery.

Who is your closest colleague?
I could not pick one particular person but I have some fantastic colleagues who I consider to be my very good friends.

Do you have a favourite family heirloom?
My grandfather’s OBE, Caterpillar Club tie and pin – he was a Wing Commander in the RAF and flew Lancasters. He was shot down during WWII and became a POW at Stalag Luft III and was part of the Great Escape. The Caterpillar Club is for those RAF personnel who used their parachute to bail out of their aircraft.

What’s your favourite song of all time?
Whatever by Oasis.

What’s your favourite play?
I have just seen Amadeus at the National Theatre – it was fantastic.

Who’s your favourite movie star?
Tom Hanks

What’s your favourite book?
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Utterly gripping – you know from the outset who has committed the crime, but it is all about the why. Fascinating and tragic in equal measure.

What book are you reading right now?
If Only They Didn’t Speak English by Jon Sopel (BBC America Correspondent).

What book do you wish you had written?
The Harry Potter series. I always remember when The Order of the Phoenix was released and sitting in a London park surrounded by adults and children alike with their head in the latest book. That is a tremendous achievement.

What’s the greatest invention of all time?
The American Express Stadium, Falmer. If you hadn’t guessed, I am an avid Brighton and Hove Albion fan.

Is there a sport that you wish you could play?
A lot of them but if I had to pick, it would be Rugby. That would give me some serious playground kudos with my nine-year old son.

Who inspires you in business?
Entrepreneurs generally. Their drive to build a business, often take risks, and to keep going even when they have proved to be very successful. Being naturally risk averse – I am always envious of their approach.

Dress up, dress down or somewhere in between?
Always dress up – although everyone loves a pair of jeans occasionally!

Where do you go to relax?
A small village called Frigiliana in Andalucía. It is nestled between the mountains and the sea. I go with my husband and two children. We laze by the pool reading and the children spend a fortnight swimming and splashing around to their hearts content. It is also a great spot to see shooting stars. Bliss.

What country have you always wanted to visit?
I would love to go on an Arctic Cruise, does that count?

Besides your phone, what do you always have with you?
My purse.

What’s the best part about your job?
My firm and my clients. The firm is very unusual in its breadth of practice but that is what makes it so special. I am proud of the fact that we act for multi-million pound corporations and individuals whilst maintaining our commitment to publicly funded work. The partnership is a hugely supportive bunch. My clients are tremendously varied and so is the work. Helping a widow with young children, who has recently been bereaved, to an entrepreneur, who needs estate planning advice - they are very different. Ultimately it comes down to my love of meeting lots of different people.

What’s your favourite post-work tipple?
Hendricks Gin with a Fever Tree tonic.

Finally, what’s your guilty pleasure?
Box sets and chocolate – I can do a serious amount of damage to a box of Maltesers whilst watching House of Cards.