Fieldfisher tax and structuring head Graeme Nuttall is among a small group of lawyers to have been named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, becoming an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Nuttall receives the commendation “for services to employee ownership, employee share schemes and public service mutuals”.
The honour follows Nuttall’s voluntary work as the Government’s independent adviser on employee ownership, which saw him lead a 2012 review of the sector whose recommendations were overwhelmingly supported by the Government.
Trowers & Hamlins Dubai partner Jennifer Bibbings also receives an OBE, for services to British business interests and the community in Dubai. As well as over 20 years as a corporate partner at the firm, Bibbings is honorary legal adviser to the British embassy in Dubai.
Bibbings and Nuttall are among seven new OBEs in the legal sector. They are joined by International Family Law Group partner David Hodson, nominated for services to international family law; Ann Kenworthy, formerly legal director of Yorkshire firm Howells, for services to legal aid; Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyer Karen Jones, for services to law and order, particularly in counter-terrorism prosecutions; and CPS senior legal business adviser David Thomas, for services to law and order, “particularly digital transformation”.
Austrian-based lawyer Graham Schneider, founder of local firm Schneider & Schneider, also receives an OBE for services to British interests and to the British community in Austria. Like Bibbings, the British-born lawyer has acted as honorary legal adviser to the British embassy in Austria.
Other lawyers in the public sector who receive honours include the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s deputy legal adviser Christopher Whomersley, who becomes a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to international law.
Andrew Cayley QC is also appointed as a CMG, for services to international criminal law and human rights. Cayley, a tenant at Temple Garden Chambers, is currently the Director of Service Prosecutions but formerly served as international co-prosecutor in the Cambodia Tribunal, set up to try senior members of the Khmer Rouge.
Claire Johnson, director in the legal adviser’s office for the Department of Education, becomes a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for services to education.
Meanwhile Steven Bramley, deputy legal adviser in the Home Office, becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for public service. Cayman Islands lawyer Karin Thompson is recognised with an MBE (member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the protection of children and to the community in the Cayman Islands, as is international criminal lawyer Ingrid Elliott, for services to international justice.