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Harper Macleod Chairman Professor Lorne Crerar receives CBE in Birthday Honours List

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday 2019 Honours List for his contribution to "economic and community development".

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Professor Crerar, co-founder of the firm, has had an illustrious career in both the legal profession and public service, not least in his role as Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise since 2012.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded a CBE and honoured to be recognised for making a contribution to economic and community development in Scotland, which is something I am passionate about. I firmly believe that economy and community are intrinsically linked and I have been fortunate to be in a position in which I could make that central to both my business and civic activities - in particular as Chairman of HIE which has a unique remit in that it integrates community and economy in everything it does.

"Receiving an honour such as this is in no small part down to the dedication and support of the people I have been fortunate to work with in all aspects of my career and I look forward to sharing this moment with my family and friends."

The CBE is the highest ranking of Order of the British Empire honours, followed by an OBE (Officer) and then MBE (Member).

Earlier this year, Professor Crerar received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Legal Awards 2019, an award which also acknowledged his influence beyond the legal sector which has seen him carry out key roles in sport, academia and the public sector.

Professor Emeritus of Banking Law at the University of Glasgow, he has been appointed by the Scottish Government to undertake or contribute to a number of independent reviews, including: The Independent Review of Legal Services in Scotland 2018; the Enterprise and Skills Review 2017 which led to the creation of the Strategic Board for Enterprise and Skills in Scotland; the Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints handling of public services in Scotland; the Independent Review of the Lending Code; and Chairman of the Housing Improvement Task Force.

In 2017 he was also appointed as co-chair of a new National Council of Rural Advisers, which delivered a report to the Scottish Government creating a blueprint for Scotland's rural economy which has been adopted by Scottish Government. Lorne was appointed to the Rural Economic Action Group tasked with developing Scotland's Rural Economic Policy.

He is also author of The Law of Banking in Scotland, and for over 20 years he was Chairman of the Discipline Panels for the SRU, European Rugby Cup and 6Nations, as well as being a Judicial Officer at four Rugby World Cups and part of the judicial team at the inaugural Rugby 7s tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics.