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Exclusive interview: Love Island solicitor Rosie Williams says she’s not ruling out a return to the law

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‘Legally Brunette’ Rosie shares insights into her very glam life

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Since leaving the Love Island villa, Rosie Williams has been rubbing shoulders with reality TV’s finest, making club appearances and has even done an interview with Piers Morgan. It’s a long way from her old life before she shot to stardom in the hit reality TV show.

Williams trained with Manchester law firm Just Costs Solicitors and was only three months qualified before she entered the Spanish villa in June — a decision fuelled by her search for romance.

Indeed, studying law gave her little time to find love. She didn’t have much luck either; having been dumped by the man she was seeing only a few months prior to joining the show. So when the chance to go on Love Island came about she grabbed it — strutting into the villa in the first week of the fourth series.

Growing up, law was “embedded” in Williams’ family. Both her parents studied law at university and her aunt is a barrister and uncle a solicitor-advocate. They were naturally supportive of her decision to study law and Williams went on to complete the first two years of her undergraduate degree at Swansea University and spent her final year at the University of South Wales. She then started the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) before switching to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The University of Law in Chester.

Having completed a training contract, why then did she decide to put her fledgling career on hold? Speaking exclusively to Legal Cheek, she explains:

“I was putting everything into my job to the point where my salary was not worth the hours I was working. My focus on cases meant that my social life dwindled and I was just not reaping the rewards. It’s a bit of a shame that what I worked towards my entire life and dreamt about didn’t match up with the reality.”

But Williams isn’t ruling out a possible return to the law. “My heart’s still in it — it was a lifelong ambition I harboured since I was 12-years-old. I’m still very much a legal eagle,” she adds. Williams is hoping to meld her legal knowledge with her newfound fame. Her appearance on Love Island might not be the last we see on our screens. The Welsh-born lawyer tells us she’s currently in talks to appear on a new legal TV show later this year. Could Rosie be the new Rinder? “I hope so. I love Rinder, I think he’s great,” says Williams, who has also been approached by a media law firm about a possible job since her departure.

When she was lounging around in her bikini soaking up sun rays in the villa, Williams says she did miss the day job and “getting dolled up” each morning to go to work — more than she thought she would. Yet she conspicuously avoided talking about her life as a lawyer — unlike the medic contestant Alex, who frequently references his work as a doctor. Why did we not hear more from ‘Rosie the lawyer’ in the villa? “I was very careful about what I discussed in the villa. Solicitors’ regulations meant that I had a code of conduct and ethics to adhere to and client confidentiality meant I couldn’t discuss my caseload,” she explains.

Viewers did, however, get to see some of Rosie’s advocacy skills when she confronted “sneaky” Adam Collard, who she was coupled up with, for flirting with fellow Islander Megan Barton-Hanson.

The fiery showdown was entirely “off-the-cuff”, contrary to members of the public thinking it was “staged” or that she had written down and rehearsed what she planned to say. “You can’t plan an argument,” says Williams, likening the experience to the courtroom where “the judge or your opponent will throw something up” and it’s down to you to bounce back.

Had the offer to appear on Love Island not come through, the 26-year-old thinks she’d still be in her job. “I loved my job, but I’ve never been the girl to sit around and I’m always looking for something more,” she says. Williams has plans to complete her higher rights of audience and train as a solicitor-advocate, following in her uncle’s footsteps. She’ll also be taking on activities to maintain her practising certificate.

Since exiting the villa, Williams has managed to find the time to visit her former colleagues at Just Costs. They didn’t know that she was entering the villa, so seeing her on TV was a bit of a “shock” to them. However, they were “very supportive” when she saw them and admitted they knew “she was never made to sit behind a desk”.

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Now having amassed over 650,000 followers on Instagram, Williams is hoping to use this platform to “make a difference” and already has a list of charities she wants to work with.

Her influence doesn’t stop there. Williams, who refers to herself as “Legally Brunette” in several of her Instagram posts, says she’s received messages from young women in law school seeking her advice. They’re keen to hear from someone who does not fit the average solicitor-mould.

That’s something this self-confessed party girl prides herself on. Williams counts Legally Blonde and TV series Ally McBeal as two of her favourite legal dramas. “I was drawn to the glamour. I loved their outfits,” she says. For likeminded law students Williams offers some practical advice:

“Never change yourself to fit a stereotype. We all sit the same vocational exams and it’s practically the same route for everyone looking to become a solicitor. So why should I be judged if I like to wear a pretty dress and post bikini photos on Instagram. I’ve had to work a lot harder to be taken seriously in my job but if I can make it as I am, there’s no reason why others can’t either.”

With newfound fame comes dangers. It has been widely reported that Williams received a series of threatening messages from an online troll. Never one to back down, Williams says she will be using her legal knowledge to make a stand and show this behaviour is not acceptable.

Commenting on her interview with ITV Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan where Williams was forced to justify her decision to appear on the show, she says:

“I think Piers was under the impression that the job is very well paid and glamorous across the board. He mustn’t read a lot about what’s going on and there is a lot that people outside the profession don’t see. I think his opinion was ill-informed and don’t think he can really have one unless he’s been in my shoes.”

Since then, research by a leading economics consultancy has been released that shows appearing on Love Island boosts your lifetime earnings more than an Oxbridge degree, further vindicating Williams’ decision to go on the show.

In that Piers Morgan interview, the junior lawyer described working 18-hour days getting sleepless nights. So what advice can she give others experiencing the same? “Make sure you’re happy otherwise there’s no point staying in your job. But if you want more out of your job — go and get it. A law degree opens up many paths and it’s not only about making it as a lawyer.”

Williams was evicted after two weeks in the villa, but with the final airing on Monday, she’ll be watching to support fellow housemates, Jack and Dani, the “down to earth” duo she’s hoping will win.

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43 Comments

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Oh lawd, the comments will be good on this one.

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Anonymous

Way too easy.

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JD Partner

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Anonymous

Legal Cheek stop deleting comments. That’s what we’re here for !

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

I’m sure the legal sector will be quaking in their boots if a titan like her returns to the dominant law firm that is Just Cost Solicitors

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18 hour days

She claimed to be working 18 hour days… at Just Costs…

So longer hours than the magic circle, the high paying US firms, pretty much longer hours than any firm in the country.

Good one.

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Dr Frankenstein

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Anonymous

Not longer hours than any firm in the country.
An 18 hour day is 9am-3am.
This most certainly happens at MC/US and even SC firms.

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Anonymous

Hang on – what about those horrible “18-hour days in a law firm getting sleepless nights” at the three months of terror at the horror show that is Just Costs.

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BPTC student

“I’m still very much a legal eagle”. Oh bless.

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Anonymous

Fiiiiit

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Anonymous

Spending so much time on cases that her social life suffered.

Young people studying law seeking advice.

Unable to discuss her caseload, due to ethics and code of conduct. Awww no, please share some of your tales and anecdotes about the world of costs.

Oh lawd, make it stop :’)

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Anonymous

Aw mum thanks for the balloons, just bring them in here and place them on the bed please. I need to get on the bed and strike a pose for this pictures.

Seriously, WTAF

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Anonymous

It’s Instagram what do you expect?

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Chelsea

Does anyone know how difficult it is to get a TC at Just Cost Solicitors? I’m really passionate about equity/debt capital markets, and would relish an opportunity to practice law on a global stage. Also, would this allow me to easily move over to a firm like Lethams Watkins or Kirklends as an NQ-1PQE?

Thanksssss xoxox

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Anonymous

Kirklends are widely known as the finest personal injury shop in Scunthorpe. Excellent choice.

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Optional

Kirk wasn’t so nice when I didn’t make my payment on the £12,000 he lent me, gotta watch out for the interest rates on those Leigh Day loans.

I’ll show myself out.

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Anonymous

Yeah you could defo go to Kucklands or Lawthumbs & Waterskis babe, but just make sure they look after my girl!! otherwise i’ll be having words, hun!! you know what i’m like when i’m hangry, i can just be such a bitch you know?!!? LOVE YASSS

hehe

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Anonymous

Kucklands ROFL

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Anonymous

Oh, c’mon… this is really geting boring. Try harder, mate 😉

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Anonymous

Hush cuckie

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

I imagine the transition would be smoother than a babies bottom. Based on the above you may find that a firm such as Lethams or Kirklends doesn’t challenge you enough, you will only have to work 12 hour days there, so it may not be worth relocating from Just Cost’s glorious offices in Manchester.

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Anonymous

I saw this article 8 minutes after it had been posted with no comments yet and legitimately set a reminder for myself to come back and read it again later today just because I knew they would be so brutal

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Anonymous

She’s right when she says that people like Piers Morgan have a very narrow idea of what it is like to practice law. The reality for many people is that it is a slog with limited financial reward and a ton of stress.

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US Dig Bick

Not for me.

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Anonymous

You’re delightful

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Anonymous

People need to lay off her. She’s put in the hard graft and qualified as a solicitor like the rest of us.

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Anonymous

Yeah, that 18 month training contract and 3 months in practice, so deserving! Do you want me to let Blue Peter know?

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Anonymous

“Return to law”. Being three months qualified I’m sure she has a stack of photocopying to return to at Just Costs, the power house that is.

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Anonymous

This comment thread is really horrible. Surely some of you can at least try to be funny rather than sneering?

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Anonymous

@ Anon 2:06pm

If I laughed at most of these comments does that make me a bad person?

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Anonymous

Wrong attitude mate.

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Anonymous

She worked herself into a position to have a shot at being a solicitor and then she worked herself into position to be a minor celebrity.

The latter boosts earnings.

She must be about 24 ffs.

I like her. I like what she has said about being yourself and working hard to be taken seriously.

If she can get to 3 years pqe she will be able to set up on her own.

I hope she gets another break, bless her.

I’ll pour petrol on the fire and say if she hacked it at as trainee at just costs she would be able to hack it at Clifford Chance ☺

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Anonymous

The pool at Just Costs needs as much cleaning as CC’s…

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Anonymous

Hi Rosie, how’s post-Love Island life treating you? xoxo

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Anonymous

she’s 26 not 24

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

You don’t see the medical professional making any comment on Alex and his qualifications or his work at A and E.
What is wrong with you negative people? As a lawyer with daughters and sons I am appalled at some of these comments by so called professionals . This is 2018 in case you have realised. Give the girl a break. I am sure in a few years you will be eating your words . Times are changing .

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Anonymous

Oh this is awkward, didn’t you see the below article?

http://www.medicalcheek.com/DrAlexInThreeWayScandalInWaitroseCarpark

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