Popular advocate Niall McCluskey dies suddenly aged 53, as tributes flood social media.The Scot was the nephew of the late Lord McCluskey and was well respected in his field. His cause of death was not stated.

Niall McCluskey, a well-known and well-respected advocate, died suddenly at the age of 53, according to Scottish Legal News.

Mr. McCluskey earned his LLB and diploma from the University of Aberdeen and was admitted to the bar in 1995 after working as a solicitor and a procurator fiscal depute in private practice.

He was involved in hundreds of cases at all levels, prosecuting and defending. He also has a lot of expertise with extradition cases and a strong interest in human rights in both criminal and extradition law.

He was the nephew of Lord McCluskey, a renowned jurist and peer who died in 2004.

Niall McCluskey, a well-known and well-respected advocate, died suddenly at the age of 53, according to Scottish Legal News.

Mr. McCluskey earned his LLB and diploma from the University of Aberdeen and was admitted to the bar in 1995 after working as a solicitor and a procurator fiscal depute in private practice.

He was involved in hundreds of cases at all levels, prosecuting and defending. He also has a lot of expertise with extradition cases and a strong interest in human rights in both criminal and extradition law.

He was the nephew of Lord McCluskey, a renowned jurist and peer who died in 2004.

“I am heartbroken by the passing of Niall McCluskey, a talented member of the Scottish bar,” Roddy Dunlop QC, Dean of Faculty, told Scottish Legal News.

“Niall was well-known, especially among those who worked in the criminal justice system. He was well-educated and well-liked, with a strong desire to train the next generation of lawyers. It’s difficult to take this after so many prior setbacks.”

“We are all profoundly devastated by the loss of Niall,” Mr McCluskey’s stable, Optimum Advocates, told SLN. Niall was a kind, compassionate man who will be missed by all of us. He was a fantastic addition to our stable. At this extremely sad time, our sympathies are with his family.”

The Scottish Solicitors Bar Association wrote on Twitter: “The SSBA is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Niall McCluskey, Advocate.

“He was a lovely man, and a big supporter of us when we started up, providing our first-ever CPD presentation.

“He will be sorely missed.”

Tributes have been paid on Twitter following the sudden death of the lawyer.

One person Twitter user wrote: “He will indeed ‘be sorely missed’ condolences to all who love him.

Another person said: “Very sad news. A kind, courteous and gently witty man. Condolences to his family and friends.”

“Tutored me on the Diploma. Came across as a thoroughly decent man with a good sense of humour. Went above and beyond to help several on the course secure training contracts or work experience. Thoughts and condolences to his family. So sad,” another wrote.

One Twitter user said: “This is horribly sad news. Always such a nice person and incredibly well liked and respected all round.”

“Sad news. I crossed swords with him often when he was starting out as a fiscal in Fife. He was always tenacious, but courteous,” said another person on social media.

“Very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends,” one person said.

One person added: “Terribly sad news. A lovely man. Deepest condolences to his family.”

A Twitter user said: “This is so sad. He was just a genuinely lovely person.”

“Tragic news – a gentleman and a very capable advocate – RIP,” wrote another.

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