Tributes to top barrister Michael Lavery after his passing
The death has taken place of distinguished barrister Michael Lavery, who represented several families of Bloody Sunday victims at the Saville Inquiry.
Sarah Ramsey, chair of the Bar of Northern Ireland, led tributes last night.
She said: "It is with great sadness that the Bar of Northern Ireland has learned of the passing of our much loved and highly respected colleague, Charles Michael Lavery QC."
Mr Lavery was called to the Bar in 1956 and became a QC in 1971.
"He remained in active practice until 2017 and was the Father of the Bar up until his retirement," Ms Ramsey said.
"His immeasurable contribution to the Bar throughout his long career will endure and be fondly remembered by us all.
"On behalf of the Bar, I would like to express our deepest condolences to his friends and family, assuring them of our thoughts and the provision of any support we can offer during this difficult time".
Mr Lavery's funeral will take place on Tuesday with Requiem Mass at noon in St Brigid's Church, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast, followed by burial at Roselawn Cemetery.