Read our Rising Star, Rebecca Tarn’s article in the Northern Insight this month.

Which star guides your way home?

I would have to say the North Star! I grew up in Teesdale, County Durham and did not fly far from the nest when I left home to live in Newcastle. My family roots in the North East run deep and I have a strong sense of home here. I love the opportunity and vibrancy that Newcastle offers. It’s becoming a real hub for science and discovery, which is exciting and shows we are a city that’s forward thinking and progressive.

What do you consider to be your star quality?

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” – Ian MacLaren

This quote really resonates with me, particularly in my job. I think kindness is such an important personal quality. You never know how deeply you touch the lives of others and a positive word or gesture goes a long way. Every day I meet people who are dealing with difficult decisions and emotional situations and I always try to treat them with the compassion and respect they deserve.

What super star power would you like to have?

I would definitely like the power to control time! I am always running late for everything and for once it would be nice to have as much time as I seem to think I have!

Who makes you starry eyed?

I have to say Dolly Parton! I saw her live last year and she was amazing – a force to be reckoned with! I think she’s a real inspiration, having started out at 18 to forge a career for herself in a predominantly male industry, whilst never losing sight of her values. She’s a great business woman, doing what she loves.

What gets you star crossed?

The morning traffic when I’m rushing to get into work usually raises my temperature.

If you could wish on a star, what would you ask for?

My family is everything to me so I would wish for their health and happiness.

What is your star sign?

The idea of predicting fates and astrology is not something I believe in. I like Shakespeare’s line “it is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” However, my star sign is Leo, which is particularly fitting as I own two cats that I am absolutely besotted with! I truly am a “cat lady”, which my colleagues can attest to, having seen far too many photographs of my cats!

If you were a rock star, who would you be?

Growing up I listened to a lot of my dad’s records because he had a great collection – The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Stranglers… to name a few. But when forced to do karaoke I turn to the classic ABBA cheese – you can’t beat Super Trooper!

How do you plan to reach for the stars?

My goal for the next few years is to continue working hard as part of the Major Family Law team to provide the best service to our clients. I came to Major Family Law as a newly qualified solicitor and both the firm and I have grown in the last five years. There are changes on the horizon of family law and new challenges to come, so it’s an exciting time to be a family lawyer!