Amal Alamuddin: Human rights lawyer's legal chambers upgrades website following George Clooney wedding

Doughty Street Chambers site received so many hits, it kept crashing

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The legal Chambers where Amal Alamuddin works as a human rights barrister has been forced to upgrade its website to cope with a traffic surge following her marriage to George Clooney.

Robin Jackson, chief executive of Doughty Street Chambers, said the firm had invested in its website to cope with global interest in Alamuddin, a member of the international law team.

The barrister and the Hollywood star were officially married in a 10-minute, €600 civil ceremony in Venice, Italy, on Monday, following a celebration for family and friends on Saturday.

The Chambers was forced to cope with an influx of camera crews and media interest when the couple’s engagement was announced in April. Its website crashed under the weight of hits and has undergone an upgrade to cope with a renewed onslaught following the wedding.

Jackson has said of Alamuddin: “She brings a bright light to everything she is involved in, and I am so delighted at her happy news.”


Alamuddin was recruited by Doughty Street in 2010 and since joining the team, has advised Kofi Annan, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League on Syria, and represented Julian Assange, head of WikiLeaks, in extradition proceedings.

Alamuddin and Clooney are expected to honeymoon in Marrakech after making their union legal under Italian law by performing the civil ceremony at Venice Town Hall.

They paid the €600 fee charged by the Municipality of Venice to non-Italians who want to wed in the city, and proceedings were conducted in the Sala degli Stucchi reception room. Bono remained for the civil ceremony, with most of the celebrities who attended Saturday’s celebrations having flown home.