Harrow resident Simon Regis, Deputy Director at the Government Legal Department (GLD), has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his exceptional contributions to legislation.
The recognition comes as part of the prestigious New Year Honours 2024 list, highlighting the outstanding achievements and services of individuals across the United Kingdom.
With a career spanning over two decades, Simon Regis joined the civil service in 1998 after completing his professional legal qualification. Over the years, he has held various roles encompassing legal, policy, and project management. His recent accolade acknowledges his pivotal role in supporting the government’s legislative efforts, notably during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, including his involvement in the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Simon Regis expressed his humility and credited the accomplishment to his dedicated colleagues, saying, “I am humbled by this recognition, which is not just about me but also equally applies to the fantastic colleagues I have worked with over the years. In more recent times, particularly those colleagues in the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Legal assisting in delivering legislation during the government’s COVID-19 response.”
Susanna McGibbon, Treasury Solicitor and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department, commended Regis, stating, “Simon exemplifies the dedication and professionalism of GLD lawyers, and I am delighted that his hard work has been recognised in this way.”
The Government Legal Department serves as the government’s principal legal adviser, with a core purpose of ensuring governance within the rule of law. It provides crucial legal advice on the development, design, and implementation of government policies and decisions, drafts secondary legislation, collaborates with Parliamentary Counsel on primary legislation, and represents the government in court.