Debbie Fellows is a Partner in the Employment team at Thorntons – which is one of the largest and most successful full-service legal firms in Scotland. She is accredited as an employment law specialist by the Law Society and have over 17 years experience advising clients on employment and discrimination law issues. She takes a common sense and solution driven approach to employment law to make sure her clients achieve the best outcome for them when dealing with HR and employment issues.
Here we spend ten minutes with her getting to know her better:
Q: What three words would your best friend use to describe you?

A: out-going, loyal and sociable

Q: What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?

A: Stuart Webster from Radio Tay in the mornings and Radio Scotland the rest of the time. Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran if my girls are choosing!

Q: Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?

A: Daniel Craig

Q: Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

A: I wouldn’t – I’m not sentimental about “stuff”. That’s why we have insurance!

Q: Last meal on earth?

A: Sushi/chocolate/cheese and biscuits

Q: Dream dinner party guests?

A: The Obamas, Liam Gallagher, John Hannah, and Irvine Welsh

Q: First thing you’d do if you won £1million?

A: Crack open the champagne!

Q: Quiet night in or big night out?

With 2 young kids I have plenty of quiet nights in so I’ll go for big night out.

Q: City break or weekend in the country?

A: City break.

Q: Early bird or night owl?

A: Early bird usually.

Q: Save it or spend it?

A: Unfortunately – spend it.

Q: Couch potato or fitness fanatic?

A: I so wish I could put fitness fanatic but that would be a lie.

Q: Home or abroad?

A: Home if you are making you choose (which you are).

Q: Early or late?

A: Always early.

Q: Cats or dogs?

A: Neither – I’m allergic but if I wasn’t I definitely have a dog. I don’t trust cats.

Q: Happiest memory?

A: Lots of happy memories – I’m happiest sitting with my husband watching my two girls put on one of their “unique” signing and dancing shows!

Q: And most embarrassing?

A: So many – Most embarrassing though would be the time I got the strap of my handbag caught on the side mirror of a bus and was then carried along the street as the bus moved off from the bus stop. Fortunately the traffic was nose to tail on North Bridge in Edinburgh so I didn’t need to run too fast while trying to disentangle myself!

Q: Biggest regret?

A: No time for regrets!

Q: What are you proudest of?

A: My family and my career.

Q: Who do you admire most?

A: My mum.

Q: And who do you detest?

A: I don’t detest anyone though Donald Trump could be the first.

Q: Who would you like to thank?

A: My mum. My husband. My kids. My colleagues. My friends. For putting up with me – I’m not the easiest sometimes.

Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?

A: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Q: What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
A: Respondent skipped this question
Q: Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
A: Respondent skipped this question
Q: Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?

A: No – unlikely

Q: What keeps you awake at night?

A: Not much – I’m shattered by bed-time and fall asleep as soon as my head touches the pillow.

Q: And your biggest critic?

A: Myself

Q: Mobile phone ringtone?

A: Generic IPhone one that everyone has.

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