Three present or former Scottish solicitors have been recognised in the New Year Honours list for their work in other fields of public life.

A knighthood for public service goes to Tom Winsor, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in England & Wales since 2012. After qualifying and practising for a short time in Scotland, Sir Tom moved to London, where he worked successively for Norton Rose, Denton Hall and White & Case. He spent two years as general counsel to the first Rail Regulator, John Swift QC, and his practice focused on rail and other regulatory law, developing into wider economic matters.

Two current Scots lawyers receive OBEs for their voluntary work. Professor Stewart Brymer of Dundee University, who set up his own firm Brymer Legal Ltd, is recognised for voluntary service to culture and heritage in Dundee, as honorary president and former chairman of the Dundee Heritage Trust. Bruce Minto, co-founder of Dickson Minto, receives his award for services to culture. Chairman of the board of trustees of National Museums Scotland since 2012, he chaired the Royal Museum Project Campaign Board, which raised over £13m towards the museum refurbishment project, completed in 2011.

Also recognised is Margaret McCrimmon, personal secretary, business manager, Sheriffdom of Lothian & Borders, who receives the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to law and order and to charity.