Cassidy given Royal seal of approval

Hammonds property partner Michael Cassidy is among the lawyers celebrating after being awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in Saturday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Cassidy joined Hammonds last year after a brief stint at DJ Freeman and then Olswang. He spent more than 30 years as a property partner at Maxwell Batley.

Best known for his involvement with the Corporation of London, Cassidy chaired the Corporation’s policy and resources committee for three years. During his three-year reign, he helped trigger the redevelopment of around a third of the City.

He is also a director on the boards of British Land and UBS and chairman of property company Hemingway, the newly-formed Eagle Strategic Land, and Askonas Holt, a company involved in the classical music industry.

Other lawyers awarded the OBE include the Judge Lady Hazel Cosgrove, inland revenue lawyer Andrew Gunz and Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Kerr.