Cathy Pitt: Norton Rose

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
I’d like to think Nicole ­Kidman or Keira ­Knightley, but Victoria Wood is more realistic.


Cathy Pitt: Norton RoseWhat was your first-ever job?
Working as a farm hand on an onion farm.

What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?
Packing up my boss’s office for a move. The partner used to chew gum and ­dispose of it by sticking it on the desk and walls.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Meetings of the Bridge Club – its members know who they are.

What time do you usually leave the office?
When I started my career I was advised that the aim was to leave as early as ­possible, while accepting that ‘as early as possible’ might be very late indeed.

What do you do at weekends?
Visit family, go for walks, cook, make jam and bake.

What’s your favourite ­restaurant?
The Lobster Pot in ­Kennington – an exquisite fish restaurant in the most unlikely surroundings.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?
I would love to write or act.

Who’s your hero and why?
Sir Thomas More springs to mind.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Payday. Oops, did I say that out loud?

What’s the toughest thing about your job?
I don’t really have much to complain about.

What’s your biggest work/career mistake?
My only career decisions so far have been (i) join ­Norton Rose and (ii) stay there. No complaints yet.

What car do you drive?
I hate driving so let my husband drive me about. We’ve just bought a Jaguar XF. The timing’s not ­looking that clever now.

What book are you reading?
I’m reading a book on the Battle of Agincourt but before I finish it I’ll ­probably go through half a dozen crime novels.

What’s on your iPod?
I like spoken word, so I’m currently listening to That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again.

What’s your favourite ­children’s book?
Anything by Enid Blyton.

What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on?
ISIS Asset Management’s merger with F&C – a tight timetable, silly hours, ­massive adrenaline rush and a great client.

If you were stranded on a desert island what two luxury items would you take?
My photo albums and a karaoke machine – ­imagine singing loudly and tunelessly to cheesy tracks with no one to complain.

What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?
The Grand Hotel in Brighton – I was a junior associate about to perform in an after-dinner revue.

What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?
Early in my career, I worked a day, a night and the next day till 9pm, when I got a few hours sleep before getting up to agree some drafting. The next morning we reviewed the drafting and it didn’t make sense so we re-did it.

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you and why?
I’d like to think Nicole ­Kidman or Keira ­Knightley, but Victoria Wood is more realistic.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
I wouldn’t care as long as I had a book to read.

CV
Name:
Cathy Pitt
Firm: Norton Rose
Title: Partner
Lives: Kennington, ­London
Education:
1984-91: The Cheltenham Ladies’ College
1991-95: University of Birmingham (Law with French)
1993-94: University of ­Limoges (Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises)
1995-96: College of Law, LPC
Work history:
1996-98: Trainee, Norton Rose
1998-2006: Corporate finance associate, Norton Rose
2006-present: Partner, ­Norton Rose