Catherine Fletcher: Burges Salmon

What time do you start work each day? Between 7am and 8am. I like a good coffee and time to organise the day before it starts.

Catherine Fletcher
Catherine Fletcher

Name: Catherine Fletcher
Firm: Burges Salmon
Position: Business services manager, London
Lives: Roxwell Village, Essex

What’s the dullest task you’ve ever been given?

I genuinely do not have any dull tasks in my current role.

What is the most unusual Christmas present that you have received from a colleague?

Secret Santa is not always the best idea, especially when you receive pink fluffy pencils.

If you could introduce one law, what would it be and why?

Three-day weekend, two days are never enough. 

How did you spend your last bonus? (If you have never received a bonus, how would you hope to spend it in the future)?

Always on wonderful holidays. It was the Scilly Isles last time.

What are the best perks of your role?

Working for a great firm with a wonderful team in a happy, productive environment.

What do you wear on dress-down Fridays?

I am client-facing so I always dress smartly.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve been asked to do at work?

To keep three children entertained while a partner attended an hour-long client meeting.

What is the most irritating habit of any partner you’ve worked for?

None, they have all been wonderful (honest).

How do you unwind after the end of a hard week?

Spending quality time with family and friends.

Have you ever fallen in love at work? (If so, please provide details).

Every time I visit the team at our One Glass Wharf office, I fall in love with the chocolate fudge brownies all over again.

If you were a lawyer, what would your practice area be and why?

Probably real estate as the team is currently working with The Crown Estate on the St James’s portfolio, which is one of my favourite areas in London.

Which is the best practice group for gossip and why?

I couldn’t possible divulge that – they may never include me again.

Given the chance, which overseas office would you work in?

London is still the best place to work.

What do you eat for lunch?

Homemade salads/soups or fresh sushi from Wasabi.

Is your salary (in thousands) greater than your age?

You should never ask a lady how old she is.

What items do you always carry around with you at work?

Security pass.

Of whom do you have photos on your desk?

No photos on my desk but I do have a photo of my husband from our wedding day that I use as a bookmark.

Soy Latte or Nescafe?

Skinny cappuccino extra shot, if anyone is buying?

City break or weekend in the country?

Weekend in the country, preferably with luxurious spa treatments, good food, wine and my husband.

Sum up your firm, chambers or employer in three words.

Supportive, open and collegiate.