IT’S always tricky drawing up a wedding invite list: y’know, if you invite one work colleague, will the whole office expect to be asked too?
George Clooney’s partner Amal Alamuddin, a lawyer at Doughty Street Chambers in Holborn, seemed to go down the just ‘close friends and family’ solution to this dilemma when she put her out-of-office message on emails for the weekend and jetted off to Venice to wed the ER actor. Those close friends beig Cindy Crawford, Matt Damon, Bono, Angelina Jolie et al
It meant her water cooler chums back at Doughty, including, yep you guessed where this is going, Sir Keir Starmer, had to follow the four day excitement, like the rest of us, through the endless papparazi pictures and TV updates, rather than on a gondola down the sun-bathed Grand Canal. I’m told while she was getting wed, he was watching Arsenal toil to a 1-1 draw in the north London derby.
Doughty’s website apparently crashed due to the worldwide media interest in Ms Alamuddin’s profile page, leading to a bit of solid workplace joshing that it had never broken down when Sir Keir had announced his bid for the Labour selection in Holborn and St Pancras.