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Paul McBride found dead in Pakistan hotel room

5 March 2012

High profile advocate Paul McBride QC was found dead yesterday in hotel room in Pakistan.

Mr McBride (47) had been attending a wedding while on a business trip and was found after his colleague, solicitor Aamer Anwar, became concerned when he failed to appear. He had complained of feeling unwell the previous evening.

Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1988, Mr McBride became one of the youngest Queen's Counsel ever appointed when he took silk in 2000 at the age of 35.

A highly regarded criminal lawyer, he acted in the Moira Jones and Arlene Fraser murder trials, and represented Gail Sheridan in her trial for perjury when she was accused with her husband Tommy. He also appeared in the fatal accident inquiries concerning Rosepark care home and the death of former rally champion Colin McRae.

He joined and resigned successively from the Labour and Conservative parties, and was also well known for his connection with Celtic Football Club. A trial is currently in progress of two men charged with sending parcel bombs addressed to Mr McBride as well as Celtic manager Neil Lennon and former MSP Trish Godman.

In a joint statement, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC and Solicitor General Lesley Thomson said: “We are very saddened by the awful news that Paul has died in his sleep overnight in Pakistan. This is devastating news for his partner Gary, family and his friends. We offer our sincere and deepest sympathies to them.

“Paul was in the prime of his life. He lived life to the full and had contributed so much to the legal profession, the media and public life in Scotland. He had a fabulous intellect and was interested in so many things. He was a fearless advocate who was not afraid to speak out about injustice and intolerance.

“He will be sorely missed.”

Mr McBride was also a member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, whose chairman Iain Robertson and chief executive Lindsay Montgomery together said: "We are deeply saddened to hear the devastating news of Paul's untimely death.

"He was a greatly valued member of the Board and made a huge contribution to our work and to the justice system. His intellect, generosity and kindness to those he met will be greatly missed.

"Our deepest sympathies and thoughts go to his partner, family and friends."

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caroline rundell

Monday March 5, 2012, 11:52

One of Scotland's greatest ever legal minds has been taken from us far too early. Paul's premature and sudden dealt will leave a large dent in the legal profession. He was totally unique and no one will ever replace him. I'm sure I speak for all of the legal professions when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with Paul's family, friends and colleagues.