Judge and former Linklaters partner Alexandra Marks is one of a handful of solicitors among more than 1,000 recipients of the Queen’s Birthday honours announced today. Marks, a Crown court recorder, criminal cases review commissioner, judicial appointments commissioner and chair, Prisoners’ Education Trust, was made CBE for public service. She is also the recipient of a Law Society lifetime achievement award. 

Funke Abimbola

Funke Abimbola

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Another prominent woman solicitor honoured is Olufunke Abimbola, general counsel in the UK and Ireland for biotech giant Roche. Abimbola receives the MBE for services to diversity in the legal profession and to young people.

Among the barristers honoured is children’s rights campaigner Professor Carolyn Hamilton, director of international programmes and research, Coram Children’s Legal Centre. She is made DBE for services to children’s rights.

A member of the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Professor Shamit Saggar of the University of Essex, is made a CBE for services to social science and public policy.

Legal figures honoured also include: 

  • Edwin Beltrami, chief crown prosecutor London North: CBE for services to law and order.
  • Professor Kulwant Gill, University of Roehampton: CBE or services to tackling forced marriage, honour crimes and violence against women. 
  • Andrea Brewster, past president, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, receives the OBE for services to intellectual property. 
  • Professor Emily Jackson, London School of Economics, receives the OBE for services to higher education.