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Law firm says Clooney's engaged to UK attorney

A London law firm says George Clooney is engaged to one of their attorneys, 36-year-old Amal Alamuddin

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George Clooney's engagement to Amal Alamuddin has been confirmed by family and work colleagues.

"You can say I'm extremely happy, Amal's a lovely girl," George's mother, Nina Clooney told MailOnline. "I like her very much."

Adding that she had met the 36-year-old human rights lawyer numerous times, Nina said: "We weren't at all surprised when they told us they were engaged, and we couldn't be happier for them.

Did George put a ring on it? Amal Alamuddin has reportedly won the heart of Hollywood's most famous bachelor.

Engaged: Amal Alamuddin has won the heart of Hollywood's most famous bachelor. Photo: Getty Images

"On an intellectual level, they are equals. That is very important to him. Amal's world couldn't be more different from the Hollywood lifestyle."

The British law firm that employs Amal has also publicly offered its congratulations.

Doughty Street Chambers in London said on Monday it was ''delighted'' Alamuddin and the Oscar-winning heart-throb were to tie the knot.

Amal Alamuddin in March this year.

Amal Alamuddin in March this year. Photo: Raymond Hall

"The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms Amal Alamuddin, a member of chambers, and Mr George Clooney on their engagement to be married,'' it said in a statement emailed to AFP news agency.

Alamuddin is a Lebanese-born British lawyer specialising in international law and human rights. Clooney has long shown interest in human rights issues such as the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Bosses at the firm paid tribute to Alamuddin, who joined in 2010.

Chief executive Robin Jackson said: ''Amal has been utterly wonderful since she arrived in chambers.

''She brings a bright light to everything she is involved in, and I am so delighted at her happy news.''

Alamuddin's clients have included former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko, whose detention she challenged before the European Court of Human Rights, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, during his extradition proceedings.

Leading rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who worked with Amal on the Tymoshenko and Assange cases, said she was ''respected and admired'' by everyone at the firm.

''Amal Alamuddin is a brilliant and passionate defender of human rights who has put in the enormously hard work necessary to improving them,'' he said.

Alamuddin and Clooney were first seen in public as a couple in October and have since been seen on holiday in places including Tanzania and the Seychelles.

He was married to US actress Talia Balsam for four years between 1989 and 1993 but has shown little interest in settling down since, instead having a string of younger model and actress girlfriends over the years.

AFP and Fairfax Media