Clooney's fiancé described as 'utterly wonderful'

Legal colleagues have praised the "utterly wonderful" human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who has become engaged to Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney, and offered their congratulations.

Amal Alamuddin (left) walking alongside WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2011. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Eminent lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who is the joint head of chambers, said: "Amal Alamuddin is a brilliant and passionate defender of human rights who has put in the enormously hard work necessary to improving them. She is respected and admired by all her colleagues."

The barrister, who was educated at Oxford University, has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and has been described as a "passionate defender of human rights". Beirut-born Alamuddin, 36, is a member of Doughty Street Chambers in London, having joined in 2010 to complete her pupillage.