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Lawyer Caroline Docherty awarded an OBE

The award has been made for services to the legal profession through Scotland’s prestigious Society of Writers to HM Signet, an important legal institution for over 500 years. 

As Deputy Keeper of the Signet, Caroline Docherty introduced a forward looking vision for the Society, backed by an intensive period of change. The most visible was the radical step of opening the Signet Library to the public as a first class restaurant within the library’s collections. The Keeper of the Signet, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, commented:

‘I am delighted with this honour for Caroline. As the first female Deputy Keeper, she has led the WS Society to make an efficient use of their magnificent building while preserving the professional tradition of the Society built on its long history’.

Chris Harte, chief executive of law firm Morton Fraser where Ms Docherty works as a commercial real estate and planning lawyer, added:

‘This award is richly deserved. Caroline has given her own time to provide outstanding leadership to the WS Society over many years whilst engaged in client work here at Morton Fraser. I’m delighted her selfless commitment will be publicly recognised in this way’.