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Lawyers receive New Year Honours

10 January 2011

Influential lawyers have been rewarded for their labours with New Year Honours.

Stephen Laws, First Parliamentary Counsel, became a knight commander of the Order of the Bath. As head of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, Laws and his team are responsible for the drafting of government bills.

Michael Drury, director of legal affairs at GCHQ, was appointed companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to national security. A former tax barrister, he was involved in the drafting of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and was consulted about the Bribery Act 2010. Drury joined BCL Burton Copeland as a partner in September last year.

Melanie Field, head of discrimination law at the Equalities Office, received an OBE. She led the team responsible for what was to become the Equality Act 2010.

Lionel Joyce, a former commissioner at the Legal Services Commission, was appointed a CBE in the New Year Honours list. Joyce, formerly chairman of national social care charity Turning Point, was a commissioner at the LSC for the North East and Yorkshire from June 2005 to April 2010.

Carolyn Downs, chief executive of the LSC and formerly a senior civil servant at the Ministry of Justice, was rewarded for services to central and local government by becoming companion of the Order of the Bath.

Joyce Drummond-Hill, head of audit and corporate assurance at the National Offender Management Service, became a CBE. She was joined by David Harker, former chief executive of Citizens Advice, who was promoted from OBE to CBE.

Dr John Roberts QC, the first Afro-Caribbean QC and the first to become a recorder, was appointed a CBE for services to the administration of justice, diversity and equal opportunities.

Yasmin Waljee, pro bono manager at Hogan Lovells and an international human rights lawyer, became an OBE.

Alexander Buchan, former chief executive of Refugee Action, received an OBE, as did Colin Gibbs, senior lawyer at the CPS.

Matthew Rhodes, solicitor and founder of the City law website rollonfriday, becomes an OBE in recognition of his pro bono work.

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