Neil Robertson

House and Years at Fettes:
Junior – Moredun 1973 - 1980

Qualifications and career:
Avocat, France / Solicitor, England & Wales

1985-90: Ashurst, London
1990-94: Coudert Frères, Paris
1994- present: CBR & Associés, Paris

Other Activities:
I set up and manage a 9-hole golf course and driving range on a race course near Paris.
I am a shareholder and director of a professional rugby club (Brive).
Vice-President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
Playing 1st XV rugby; 3-3 draw against a Glenalmond side of which David Sole was the Captain.

And your least?
Attending the funeral of a friend who died while at Fettes.

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
Many events, such as those mentioned above, and the following personalities: The Headman, Mr Chenevix-Trench; Teachers, Nicolas Ridley and Kate Eveling.

Were you awarded a scholarship at Fettes and, if so, what did it mean to you?
Yes. I was one of the first day boys at the senior school. Otherwise, I would have gone to the Edinburgh Academy after the junior school.

Were you a conscientious student?
Not sufficiently! If I had played less sport and done more work, I might have made it to Cambridge...

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
Apis Press: printing invitations and cards; Farrago: editor of the school newspaper; Drama: putting on a play with Tilda Swinton in the Fringe Festival ("Dogs Hamlet, Cahoots Macbeth"); playing as much sport as possible, particularly rugby, hockey, swimming, athletics, squash and golf; exchanging with Fettesiennes! Attending classical music concerts; gossiping with my piano teacher during lessons (because we both knew I was never going to be a pianist!) (but she did get me a summer job as chauffeur and assistant to the Director of the Edinburgh Festival).