Joelle Rich is a London-based lawyer who is she is a partner at the international law firm Schillings. In September 2022, she made headlines when she represented American actor Johnny Depp in his U.K. libel lawsuit against The Sun following which the two were rumoured to be dating.
Joelle Rich was born in 1985 (age 37 years; as of 2022), and she hails from London, England. She did her schooling at North London Collegiate School. She attended the University of Birmingham in England from 2003 to 2006, where she earned a degree in law. Later, she went to BPP Law School in London from 2006 to 2007, where she specialized in Media and Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Commercial and Private Acquisitions.
An old snippet of Joelle Rich’s LinkedIn profile showcasing that she attended the University of Birmingham and BPP Law School
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Medium Brown
Eye Colour: Light Grey
Parents & Siblings
Not much is known about her parents and siblings.
Husband & Children
She is married to Jonathan Rich but estranged from him. She has two children.
Joelle Rich with her husband, Jonathan Rich
In September 2022, she was rumoured to be dating the American actor Johnny Depp. However, just after two months, news broke that the pair had split. The two had worked together during his 2020 U.K. libel trial when Johnny Depp sued the British tabloid newspaper ‘The Sun’ for calling him a “wife-beater.” Rich was not on Depp’s legal team for John C. Depp, II v. Amber Laura Heard; however, she attended several proceedings inside the courtroom during the Virginia defamation trial against Heard. She was photographed smiling while walking ahead of the actor on May 2, 2022.
Joelle Rich smiling while walking ahead of Johnny Depp on May 2, 2022
She was photographed with Depp outside of the courthouse on May 3, 2022, and was pictured hugging Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez inside the courtroom on May 16, 2022.
Joelle Rich and Johnny Depp on May 3, 2022
Joelle Rich hugging Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez on May 16, 2022
The wedding picture of Joelle Rich and Jonathan Rich suggests that Joelle Rich is Jewish as Jonathan is wearing a skullcap.
Wedding picture of Joelle Rich and Jonathan Rich
From August 2008 to July 2011, she worked as a Solicitor at the law firm DLA Piper in London. In August 2011, she became a partner at the international law firm Schillings. She represented Johnny Depp in his 2020 U.K. libel case when he sued the British tabloid newspaper ‘The Sun’ for calling him a “wife-beater.” Depp has lost his libel case in November 2020. Previously, she represented Meghan Markle in a case against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday in 2021. The Schillings website states that she specializes in defending their reputations against false and defamatory allegations in print, online, and on social media. She has particular expertise in protecting individuals’ privacy from unwarranted intrusion and media attention.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Silver award for the ‘Future Leader the Year’Silver award for the ‘Future Leader the Year’ — Issued by Citywealth Future Leaders in November 2021
- Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015 – Defamation / Privacy Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015 – Defamation / Privacy— Issued by Super Lawyers Index in December 2015
- Spears Defamation and Reputation Lawyer 2014 Spears Defamation and Reputation Lawyer 2014 — Issued by Spears in January 2014
- Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014 – Defamation Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014 – Defamation — Issued by Super Lawyers Index · Jan 2014