Profile: 10 questions in 10 minutes with Robecca Cunningham

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Profile: 10 questions in 10 minutes with Robecca Cunningham

Introducing Senior Solicitor, Robecca Cunningham in our fourth team profile from Shaw Reynolds Lawyers, a specialist environmental, government, planning and development law firm.

  1. What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Goals. By creating a task list each day which links in with more medium-term goals I derive satisfaction from crossing things off my list and am able to see how my work contributes to a bigger picture. This enables me to shape each day to ensure that it contributes toward a bigger goal to keep me on task, and importantly, this provides purpose and satisfaction.

  1. What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?

My determination and ability to focus on the end goal have been the driving force behind every one of my achievements to date and will continue to be the primary factor that enables me to get things done.

  1. How do you prefer to end your day?

Both at work and at home having quiet time at the end of my day enables me to have my thoughts in order to make sure that I can achieve my goals for tomorrow.

  1. What was your first job? 

Setting to one side the casual jobs I had at high school, my first job was as an assistant engineer in a site office on the construction of the Gosford-Wyong Water Supply Scheme.

  1. What led you to this career? 

I am naturally a compliant person with a very strong sense of equity and fairness. As I moved through my career in engineering, I came to realise that changing direction and becoming a lawyer would enable me to understand and apply these values in our community through my work. Once I had taken the leap of becoming a lawyer, the next step was to realise that I could apply these same values using my knowledge as an engineer, and my interest in property and development, as a lawyer in planning and property.

  1. If you could add one thing to the SRL office, what would it be?

I am always the cold frog in the office. If I could add just one thing it would be a heater under my desk!

  1. What’s a trip that changed you, and why?

Not long after first graduating from in engineering, I spent a year living, working, and travelling overseas. I started out my adventure with a group tour followed by a month travelling in Greece. My defining moment came as I waited at Athens airport for my flight back to London. Having booked a budget flight I arrived at the airport at about 3am for a 5am flight and as I waited for boarding it dawned on me that I was alone in a foreign airport and the world was my oyster. In that moment I learned that I could do anything.

  1. What’s something you’ve done, but will never do again?

I made my wedding dress and dresses for my bridesmaids. I loved all of the dresses when I made them and 21 years later I still look back and am thrilled with my classical, yet contemporary choice. I had the special opportunity of engaging the skills and wise advice of my incredible grandmother who was also a dressmaker.

  1. If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?

If I could trade places with someone, I would swap with one of my children. It’s difficult to understand what it is like to be a child in the age of technology and by swapping for a day I might be able to better understand the challenges they face to better support them as they grow.

  1. What’s one item you can’t leave your house or apartment without?

I’m somewhat sad to say, my phone.

  1. What’s the top destination on your must-visit list?

With the borders closed due to COVID-19 this list grows by the day, but today it is Turkey for it’s colourful and rich culture and both it’s built and natural wonders.


Interview by Jessica Robertson, Director of Client Services and Marketing