This statement is provided by the Head of Doughty Street Chambers, in response to comments in today’s Daily Mail ‘gossip column’ regarding one of our members, Mrs Amal Clooney. In consequence of the publicity these remarks have received in the media, the following response is provided. Any suggestion that Amal Clooney’s success at the bar is a consequence of her marriage is demonstrably false. Before she was invited to join Doughty Street Chambers five years ago, on the grounds that she was an ‘exceptional' lawyer, she had done ten years of exceptional work in international law including some time at a leading US law firm and then at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic and on the prosecution of those suspected of the terrorist murder of the Lebanese Prime Minister. Before her marriage, she had served as a Senior Advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN Special Envoy for Syria and was counsel to a UN inquiry into the legality of drone warfare. She had represented parties at the International Court of Justice, including the Government of Cambodia in a border dispute with Thailand. She had acted for Julian Assange and for the Former Prime Minister of the Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko. She also worked with the former Legal Advisor to the Foreign Office, Sir Frank Berman, who has described her as “a first-rate lawyer’. It was because of her conspicuous ability as an international lawyer that the Attorney-General appointed her in 2013 - before her marriage - to serve on his panel of experts to advise and represent this country. Of course, like many barristers, she acts in many cases that go unmentioned in the media as well, and often on a pro bono basis.