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. He is also a director on the boards of British Land and UBS and chairman of companies Hemingway, Eagle Strategic Land and Askonas Holt. Other lawyers awarded the OBE include Judge Lady Hazel Cosgrove, inland revenue lawyer Andrew Gunz and Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Kerr.