Two Oxford law alumni were recognised in the New Year honours which were announced on 31 December.

Keir Starmer QC  was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) for services to law and criminal justice. After studying law at Leeds University (LLB) and Oxford University (BCL), Keir Starmer was called to the Bar in 1987 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002. He was Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in 2001 and QC of the Year in Human Rights and Public Law in 2007. He was Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008 - 2013.

Harvey McGregor QC was appointed Commander of the  Order of the Britsh Empire (CBE) for services to law and education. He was  an undergraduate at the Queen's College, Oxford before going on to complete the BCL in 1952. He was called to the bar in 1955 and took silk in 1978. He  is the author of McGregor on Damages (18th edition, 2012, Sweet and Maxwell), the leading authority on the law of damages and was warden of New College from 1985-1996.