A host of figures within the legal profession including former Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner Guy Beringer QC (pictured) have been recognised in 2016’s New Year honours.
Beringer made the list, receiving a CBE for services to export finance and pro bono work in the legal sector. He carried out two terms as senior partner at the Magic Circle firm from 2000 until 2008, and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 2006.
Since 2010 Beringer has been the chairman of UK Export Finance, the government’s export credit agency. He also chairs the Legal Education Foundation; co-chairs the Bingham Centre Appeal Board; and is chairman at the City Music Services.
A CBE also went to former Slaughter and May partner Charles Randell for his services to financial stability and climate change. Randell was a partner at Slaughter and May for 33 years until 2013 and was highly regarded for advising on a string of privatisations between the 1980s and 1990s.
After Slaughter and May, Randell was appointed director of the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority. He is also the non-executive director at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
Another legal veteran to be recognised is restructuring partner David Ereira who recently joined US firm Paul Hastings from Linklaters. He awarded an OBE for his services to the insolvency regime and to charity. The City finance heavyweight spent 25 years as a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and more recently Linklaters, after he made a rare jump between the Magic Circle firms in 2007, when Linklaters senior partner Robert Elliott persuaded Ereira to join the Silk Street-based firm.
Ereira spent the majority of his time there advising PwC as the administrators of Lehman Brothers.
As well as his lawyering day job, Ereira is also the chairman at the Insolvency Service and vice-chairman of trustees at Marie Curie.
The Queen also made one of her regular legal advisers, Harbottle & Lewis senior partner Gerrard Tyrrell a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. Tyrrell was already a member of the order which is appointed by the Queen to recognise those who served her in a personal way.