Joelle Rich, a London-based lawyer, represented Johnny Depp in his UK libel trial in 2020. Depp had sued The Sun for referring to him as a “wife-beater.” The UK court upheld the outlet’s claims as “substantially true,” and his ex-wife Amber Heard testified in support of the claims.

Johnny Depp has a new girlfriend.

A source confirms to PEOPLE that the actor is dating attorney Joelle Rich, who previously represented him in his U.K. libel case.

“They’re dating, but it’s not serious,” says the source.

They first collaborated on his 2020 U.K. libel trial, when the actor sued The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.” The court ruled that the outlet’s claims were “substantially true” (and his ex-wife Amber Heard testified to back up the claims). His attempt to overturn the decision was rejected in March 2021.

Rich did not represent Depp in his subsequent Virginia defamation trial against Heard.

Here’s everything you need to know about Joelle Rich, from her legal background to how she’s supported Depp since his 2020 trial.

Joelle completed her studies at the University of Birmingham

Rich studied law at the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England from 2003 to 2006 in order to become a Schilling’s employee. According to her LinkedIn profile, she later attended the BPP Law School in London from 2006 to 2007, where she studied a legal practice course.

Is Joelle Rich Married?

Jonathan Rich is wed to Joelle Rich. She was married when she first met the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor, but she is currently going through a divorce. Two children are allegedly shared by her and her estranged husband. The London-based attorney works to protect her clients’ reputations.

Is Johnny Depp And Joelle Rich Dating?

Johnny Depp and Lawyer Joelle Rich

The married attorney, who is now divorced from her husband, had previously defended Depp in his libel case in the UK. In Johnny Depp’s life, a new woman has appeared. The actor is now dating the attorney Joelle Rich, who previously represented him in his libel case in the United Kingdom. Although they are dating, according to the insider, it is not serious.

The two first worked together during the actor’s 2020 U.K. libel trial when he sued over being called a “wife-beater” in the article. The court deemed the outlet’s claims to be “basically true” (and his ex-wife Amber Heard testified to back up the claims).

In March 2021, his attempt to overturn the verdict was unsuccessful. from her background in law to the way she has supported Depp since his trial in 2020. We are unsure of how much the relationship rumors between Johnny Depp and Joelle Rich are true.

Joelle Rich Career

Joelle Rich received her advanced education at prestigious universities in order to prepare for a career as a lawyer. She quickly found work at the prestigious law firm DLA Piper after receiving her degree in 2007. She worked as a solicitor in the legal field for nearly three years (August 2008 – July 2011).

She decided to resign from her previous position after being offered a position at Schillings. This is another law firm that is similar to DLA Piper in many ways. She began working for Schillings in August 2011 and has remained there to this day. She has held the position of Partner since joining the organisation over eleven years ago.

Given her legal background, she has a wealth of experience representing clients in libel, privacy, and copyright cases. Furthermore, she is very effective at protecting their clients’ reputations from false and slanderous accusations. In fact, she has been successful for the company’s clients in a significant number of important instances over the years.

She is well-known for her involvement in Johnny Depp’s libel suit against The Sun. However, Johnny Depp, the company’s client, was unsuccessful in his legal claim against the newspaper corporation. She received a silver award for “Future Leader Initiate of the Year” at the Citywealth Future Leaders 2021 Awards in recognition of the significant contributions she has made to the community.

Joelle Rich Net Worth

Joelle Rich is said to earn more than Rs 2 crore per year, which is a substantial salary in the United Kingdom. She and her estranged husband lived in a Rs 15 crore villa.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Did Rich And Depp Meet?

The couple got to know one another after the lawyer joined Depp’s defense team for his 2018 lawsuit against The Sun. Two years later, the High Court of Justice determined that Heard’s accusations were “substantially true,” and thus The Sun’s article was not libelous.

According to a source who spoke to Us, the actor “discreetly” met up with his lawyer when they first started dating in hotels.

Is Rich Married Right Now?

When Joelle first met Depp, she reportedly had a strained relationship with her husband Jonathan Rich. The British national, who has two children with Jonathan, is now divorcing him more than ten years after their 2011 wedding.

Who Has She Represented Besides You?

Meghan Markle’s 2018 lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday newspaper reportedly featured Joelle, a lawyer at Schillings Partners. The publication’s publisher was being sued at the time by the Duchess of Sussex for publishing a private letter she had written to her father, Thomas Markle. In December 2021, Meghan prevailed in the court case.

What Sort of Law Practices Joelle?

On her personal website, the attorney stated that she has “expertise in protecting individuals’ privacy from unwarranted intrusion and media attention” and that she has trial experience in “libel, privacy, and copyright disputes.”

Utilizes She Social Media?

With over 1,200 shared posts, Joelle’s Instagram account, which is currently set to private, appears to be active

Depp, on the other hand, created a TikTok account earlier this year after his defamation trial and joined Instagram in 2020.

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