Rights and gongs

A few lawyers out there share something in common with Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham and Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham.

A few lawyers out there share something in common with Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham and Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham.

No, not a penchant for page three stunnas and a Stringfellows loyalty card, but recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The honours emphasised the good things lawyers can do for the world, which some argue is a refreshing change for a profession fixated on rocketing associate salaries and bonus percentage points.

Barrister Jonathan Cooper received a CBE, along with Liberty director and barrister Shami Chakrabarti, both for services to human rights. See story.

But it’s not all about human rights. British Energy general counsel Robert Armour was rewarded for services to the electricity industry. Armour has already won the big one: he was in-house lawyer of the year at The Lawyer Awards 2005.

This year’s Lawyer Awards take place a week today. You can see the shortlist at www.thelawyer.com/awards