The Lawyer Inquiry: Patricia Dilley

Patricia Dilley was born in 1943 in Nottinghamshire and is now president of the Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex).

What was your first job?

As an elf helping Father Christmas in the local department store on my first holidays from FE college.

What was your first ever salary as a lawyer?

£11 10s per week.

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

Something on the stage or an allied occupation.

Which law could you live without?

The Perpetuities and Accumulation Act 1964.

What was your most embarrassing professional moment?

Complaining about a client not making an appointment, when she was actually in the adjoining waiting room.

What car do you drive?

A Sierra estate, a car known to the family as "Grandma's Bus". I'd like to drive a BMW Series 3 as I did pre-grandchild.

Which famous person would you like to go out with?

Sean Connery.

Where would you go to eat?

Chungs, Woodborough Road, Nottingham.

What's the best thing on TV?

Absolutely Fabulous equal with Peak Practice.

Which movie do you wish you'd appeared in?

Any of the big musicals, but Half a Sixpence probably wins – I've been half in love with Tommy Steele for 40 years.

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

My Ilex T-shirt.

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

Ian Story on Conveyancing, Keeping Clients by Patrick Stevens.

What is your all-time favourite record?

The Best of Shirley Bassey and Simply the Best by Tina Turner.

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


What do you like about yourself?

My sunny nature and modesty.

What do you hate about yourself?

My inability to eat without putting on weight.

Where would you most like to be right now?

Lefkas in the Greek islands.