Don’t panic, George tells Amal as couple beefs up domestic security

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By Judge John Hack on

Panic room for barrister not Hollywood star, claims gossip mag, as rumours swirl that couple could also be looking to move into Chancery Lane pied-a-terre


Ever since a hitherto relatively unknown barrister got hitched to Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney, the London legal world has let its style be dictated by Amal Alamuddin. So lawyers should start eyeing up the costs of panic room installation.

Gossip magazine and website US Weekly reported yesterday that the Alamuddin-Clooney partnership is having security beefed up at their Berkshire pile. According to the mag’s source, the centre-piece of that enhancement will be a “fireproof, bombproof, and attack-resistant” panic room.

Clooney is reported to be adamant that the safe zone is not designed to protect him from adoring fans slightly miffed that he has tied the knot. Instead, it is for his lawyer wife.

“Amal has high-profile clients in controversial cases,” the US Weekly source relates, claiming the barrister must take special measures to protect her files — beyond, that is, leaving them at her Doughty Street chambers, or even with instructing solicitors.

“She needs to be secure,” intones the source portentously.

Meanwhile, in other Amal-George lifestyle news, the Inns of Court are reported to be abuzz with rumours that the glamour couple are to buy a pied-a-terre in the heart of legal London.

Word reaches Legal Cheek that estate agents have discreetly been instructed to scope the Chancery Lane environs. Which leads us to a suggestion that could please both the loved-up newly-weds and the solicitors’ profession.

Amal and George should either rent or buy the Georgian townhouse at the corner of Chancery Lane and Carey Street. Currently lavished on the Law Society President as that incumbent’s London bolt-hole, in these hard pressed financial times, the society could surely do with the cash.