Amal Clooney said to be ‘dodging’ Kim Kardashian’s Doughty Street mini-pupillage plea

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By Judge John Hack on

Leading reality telly babe desperate for legal work experience, suggest internet gossipmongers, while also claiming there’s trouble in Amal-George paradise


Media reports are suggesting that Hollywood It Girl Kim Kardashian is badgering Amal Clooney for a spot of work experience at renowned London human rights set Doughty Street Chambers.

Website Radar Online reports that the daughter of one of OJ Simpson’s legal defence team, Robert Kardashian, is keen to follow, at least partially, in her father’s footsteps.

And she’s not letting little details — such as not possessing a university degree — stand in her way.

Radar says Kim is hell bent on assisting attempts to force the Turkish government to rescind its official denial of the Armenian genocide of 1915 — and she reckons Amal Clooney is just the person to give her a boost.

But, says Radar, Amal has been “dodging” repeated messages at chambers from the 34-year-old reality television diva.

What Radar neglects to report is that Doughty Street has temporarily put its mini-pupillage programme on hold, with the set’s website stating:

“Chambers is in the process of reviewing our mini pupillage programme, including its format and frequency. Whilst this process is undertaken, we are not advertising the next scheme.”

Therefore, it could be that Amal is simply respecting chambers protocol and quite properly leaving Kim to await the outcome of the mini-pupillage review alongside every other wannabe barrister interested in work experience at the chambers.

When contacted by Legal Cheek this morning, a spokesman for the set — which is headed by Aussie silk Geoffrey Robertson QC (who is of course husband to chick-lit author Kathy Lette), as well as being home to former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC and human rights firebrand Helena Kennedy QC — declined to comment on whether Kardashian had been burning up the transatlantic phone lines.

In any case, Amal may have other concerns on her plate …

It seems a bit early for the internet gossip machine to churn out suggestions that her marriage to Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney is headed for the divorce courts, but several antipodean sites have been stoking the flames, suggesting that after only five months the pair is already feeling the strain of vastly different professional lives and commitments.

According to New Zealand online gossip merchants Stuff, various sources suggest that George is reluctant to drop his cherished Hollywood lifestyle, which doesn’t mix that well with Amal’s desire to continue her high-octane London legal practice.

Despite recent reports that the two have bolstered security at their Berkshire pile with the installation of a panic room, and suggestions they were hunting for a London pied-a-terre, the latest rumours insist that George is refusing to move to Blighty.

If so, that will make their commitment not to spend more than a fortnight apart all the more difficult, shout the reports.

Amal’s 37th birthday celebrations at the beginning of this month have also fallen under the spotlight. Stuff alleges that George had “planned a special dinner with Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber, but Amal didn’t want to spend any time with her husband’s Hollywood friends”.

Instead, on the day itself, George allegedly buggered off to work (presumably taking a packed lunch with him, in the way that Hollywood stars do), “which left Amal hurt and angry”.

Angry perhaps, but surely it’s far too early to reach for Raymond “The Rotweiller” Tooth‘s mobile phone number …


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