Westminster law graduate set to make a million after choosing celebrity jungle over corporate law

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By Katie King on

Twenty-five times more than she would have earned as a trainee

An aspiring corporate lawyer’s decision to put her solicitor career on hold has really paid off: she’s now favourite to win I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and looks set to make a million pounds.

Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo has gone from relatively unknown reality TV personality to household name during her time in the Australian jungle, impressing viewers with her can-do attitude to tasks and her unlikely friendship with her (now former) campmate Stanley Johnson, i.e. Boris Johnson’s dad. One Bushtucker Trial even saw her strapped to the floor in a box full of pythons suspended 20 metres in the air.

But before all this madness, the well-spoken reality star harboured ambitions to work in corporate law. Having studied law as well as politics at the University of Westminster, she worked at a family-run solicitors firm in Devon and a divorce law specialist called Family Law in Partnership in London, according to reports. Legal Cheek also understands the 23-year-old, who is believed to be worth about £800,000, has experience shadowing judges in court.

Now a world away from law, Toffolo, known as Toff, is the bookies’ favourite to win I’m A Celebrity with odds of 1/5. Snatching the title would see the TV personality follow in the footsteps of previous winners including Kerry Katona, Matt Willis and Vicky Pattison.

But, The Sun reports, it seems as though Toff will come away from the jungle with more than just the crown. Mark Borkowski, who heads up a PR company, reckons Toff has “a very bright future in front of her” and is “on the road to make a million”.

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It seems her decision to put her corporate law dreams on hold has paid off, then. As Legal Cheek’s The Firms Most List shows, trainees at the absolute best paying firms in the City look set to earn £50,000 in their first year (before tax), though sums in the 30 and 40 thousands are far more common.

This means Toff’s millionaire predictions stand her in good stead to make about 25 times as much as a City trainee, or 20 times as much as the highest-paid trainees. Newly qualified lawyers at these firms can earn in excess of £100,000 — an amazing salary, but still far short of the million Borkowski reckons Toff could make. “She’s a smart girl, she’s definitely got a future,” he added.

While Toff’s wealth looks set to rise, unlike some of her fellow campmates she hasn’t pulled in an impressive fee from TV bosses. According to reports, again in The Sun, the well-spoken reality star has been paid just £13,000 for her jungle stint. This makes her the lowest paid contestant on the show and means she received just 4% of what fellow campmate Amir Khan, a boxer, got (£300,000).

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