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OBEs honour Scottish legal service
Four people have been rewarded for services related to Scots law and legal services with an OBE in the New Year Honours list.
Graham Bell QC, a member of Ampersand Stable, receives his award for services to the Legal Profession in Scotland. Among other posts Mr Bell is a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, the board of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, the Mental Health Tribunals for Scotland, and the Dean's council and the Discipline Tribunal within the Faculty of Advocates. He is also a chair of the Police Appeal Tribunals.
Similarly honoured is David Glancy, a senior depute fiscal in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, who served a 21 month secondment from his post in Greenock to tackle drug barons in Afghanistan, mentoring a specialist criminal task force set up by the Afghan Government.
Patricia Bolton, vice chair of Victim Support Scotland, receives her award for services to disadvantaged people, and Johan Findlay JP, from Lochmaben, receives hers for services to the administration of justice in Scotland. Mrs Findlay has been a JP for 24 years and an honorary sheriff for 16 years, sat on the Parole Board for Scotland for six years and is a member of the recently created Scottish Courts Services Board. She was also founding chairman and is now secretary of the Scottish Justices Association.
- A solicitor honoured in a non-legal context is Tracy Menzies, partner in McGrigors' Aberdeen office, who receives an MBE for services to hockey. A Scottish and Great Britain internationalist, Ms Menzies was capped for Scotland 153 times, captained the national team at World Cup in the Netherlands and the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 and also played in the 1998 World Cup and Commonwealth Games sides.