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Allen & Overy partner David Wootton received a knighthood for services to legal business in the New Year’s honours list.
Last year’s Lord Mayor of London and corporate finance specialist Wootton was one of the few legal professionals to be awarded with a gong.
In a list dominated by the London 2012 Games, Terry Miller, general counsel of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog), was given an OBE and Eleri Wones, deputy director in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department, received a CBE for legal services to the Games.
Among a number of civil servants identified in the list, Isabel Letwin, director, legal services at the Department of Health, received a CBE for legal services to government and Oswyn Palin, head of Government Legal Service at the Northern Ireland Executive was made a companion of the Order of Bath for services to Government in Northern Ireland and voluntary service through the Scout Association.
Elsewhere, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives chief executive Diane Burleigh, a former partner at Hetfordshire-based BalderstonWarren, received an OBE for services to the legal profession while Judge Peter Beaumont QC, who retires as the Recorder of London next month, was given a CBE for services to the administration of justice.
Two female prosecutors were also identified. CPS London’s chief crown prosecutor Alison Saunders was made a companion of the Order of Bath for her services to law and order, particularly in the wake of the London Riots of 2011, and Elspeth Pringle of the CPS central fraud group was given an MBE.