Tributes have been paid to a top lawyer, who had a “deep intellect, humility and humour”, after his death at 65.
Derek Ogg QC, a known civil rights activist, was found at his home in Glasgow on Friday night.
Mr Ogg, who was was appointed Crown Counsel in 2007 at senior level, was described as “a brilliant advocate” by the First Minister.
Nicola Sturgeon said: “This is dreadful news. Derek was a brilliant advocate and a truly lovely man.
“He will be deeply missed by so many in his profession and beyond. It was always a pleasure for me to hear from him on issues he felt strongly about, and I will miss his wisdom and good sense.”
Fellow lawyer Aamer Anwar said he was “so sad to hear” of Mr Ogg’s death, a man he said had “deep intellect, humility and humour”.
He added: “[I] never for forgot his kindness in dark times. A giant who made a lasting contribution to our justice system and stood up for gay rights when it would’ve been easier for him to stay quiet.”
Mr Ogg’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
The Scottish Criminal Bar Association said it was “deeply saddened by the loss of one of its own”.
A statement offered its “deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time”.
The Faculty of Advocates described Mr Ogg as ‘”fierce campaigner for his beliefs” personally and professionally.
Gordon Jackson QC, Dean of Faculty, said: “All of us who knew Derek Ogg are deeply saddened by his passing.
“He was a marvellous advocate but more than that he was a fierce campaigner for his beliefs both on a personal and professional level.
“He will be greatly missed by everyone at the Faculty.”
Tony Graham QC, director of Optimum Advocates, of which Mr Ogg was a prominent member, said: “Whilst Derek was one of most well-read individuals one could encounter, he was also a man who was full of fun, compassion and ready to assist anyone – colleague or not – in any way he could.
“He provided an ear to those who needed his wisdom, could put a smile on the face of the sullen, inspire a laugh from those engrossed in sadness, and create a conversation in even the solemnest of rooms.”
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