‘Generally I’m a settler if I can be, which is what most clients want,’ says Miranda Fisher. ‘They don’t want ten days in the High Court.’ Even so, there will always be a case for big litigation, says the razorsharp Fisher, arguably the first ‘star’ at Charles Russell Speechlys since Peter George. Her reported cases include Fields v Fields and Rotenberg v Times Newspapers Ltd. Now back from maternity leave, Fisher continues to represent an impressive client base. She is alive to the challenges and rewards: ‘I have conversations with our young female lawyers not to give up work when they have children – it’s a pattern and it’s really hard to get back in. There needs to be change across the profession to put women on an equal footing with men at partner level.’ She clearly enjoys the work: ‘It can be gruelling, but I’m never depressed about it. I enjoy the camaraderie with barristers too.’ She adds: ‘It’s also a complex area – we’re working much more with Graeme Kleiner in the contentious tax and trusts department. There’s a lot more to it than just talking about feelings – but actually that’s quite an important aspect to dealing with the client too.’ Fisher has been a family lawyer for almost 20 years, with a focus on prenuptial agreements, financial settlement on divorce and arrangements for children after parents separate. She deals with complex financial disputes, including offshore, inherited, trust and company assets, privacy/reporting restrictions in family court proceedings, and difficult children cases.