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Legal aid champion Storer honoured

PUBLISHED June 17, 2013

Monday 17 June 2013 by Catherine Baksi

Carol Storer, director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, was among the lawyers recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list at the weekend.

Storer (pictured) received an OBE for services to legal aid. She has been LAPG director for the past five years, since leaving Shelter where she worked as a lawyer and then manager of legal services.

Prior to that, she was a solicitor in private practice for 15 years, specialising in family and housing law.

LAPG, a membership group for legal aid lawyers, is currently at odds with the government over its legal aid policy.

It worked tirelessly during the passage of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill to highlight the impact that the measures to cut legal aid would have on access to justice, and it continues to highlight the risks of the government's latest plans to cut criminal and civil legal aid further.

In other honours to legal figures, the chief executive of the Supreme Court, Jennifer Rowe, received a CBE for services to the administration of justice and to the Royal British Legion, for which she is a trustee.

Staff at the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Organised Crime Agency were honoured for services to law and order.

OBEs went to Sharron Hughes, head of learning and development at the CPS; Crown advocate in the national prosecution team Juraj Kuma Minocha was recognised for work on the early guilty plea scheme and senior policy adviser Charlotte Triggs was recognised, especially for the prosecution of rape cases.

At the Serious Organised Crime Agency, MBEs were awarded to principal policy officer Martin Gill and David Jones in the anti-kidnap and extortion unit.

Elsewhere, John Drew, former chief executive of the Youth Justice Board, received an OBE for services to youth justice, and MBEs were given to Fiona Quirk, operations manager at Leeds Combined Court for services to the administration of justice and George Mills, former senior policy officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, for services to race relations within the criminal justice system.

Mark Beer, registrar for the Dubai World Tribunal, received an OBE for services to advancing British business interests, promoting British exports and enhancing legal cooperation.