The Lawyer Inquiry: Pru Willday

Pru Willday is assistant solicitor for Truro firm Bray & Dilks. She was born in Colchester in 1953. She recently master-minded the rare litigation on behalf of a 32-year old rape victim Linda Griffiths, resulting in a £50,000 damages award.

What was your first job?

Teacher of A-level politics.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£14,000 per annum.

What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer?

Continued to teach.

Which law could you live without?

Land Law.

What car do you drive?

Peugeot 205.

Who inspires you?

The father of the girl killed at Enniskillen – for his courage in forgiving.

What’s the best thing on TV?

’Fawlty Towers’.

Which movie do you wish you’d appeared in?

’High Society’.

What makes you seethe?

Getting a parking ticket twice in a month.

What’s your most often-worn piece of clothing?

Triple gold bracelet; Armani silk jacket.

What in your opinion is the worst piece of architecture?

Milton Keynes.

What book(s) are you reading at the moment?

Daphne Du Maurier’s ’The King’s General’; Christabel Bielenberg’s ’The Past is Myself’.

What is your all-time favourite record?

Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone entering the profession now?

Integrity is more important than costs, but they come a pretty close second.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Sailing in the Greek islands.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Still fighting for lost causes! Still able to laugh.