Derek Ogg, QC

03 May

Derek Ogg, QC


TRIBUTES have been paid to Derek Ogg, QC, who has died at the age of 65.

Mr Ogg was a solicitor in private practice for several years before becoming a member of Faculty in 1989 and taking Silk in 1999. During service in Crown Office, he was appointed Assistant Principal Advocate Depute and first Head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit.

In 2015, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Equality Network’s inaugural Scottish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Awards.

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.”

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, commented: “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.”

Roddy Dunlop, QC, Vice-Dean of Faculty, stated: “RIP Derek. Doesn’t seem that long ago that you spoke so memorably of the passing of your great friend Paul McBride, QC, Can’t believe we have lost you too. Scottish Justice is the poorer today.”