Tributes have been paid to Aberdeen legal giant Frank Lefevre, who has died at the age of 88.

Colleagues said Mr Lefevre, who dedicated almost six decades to seeking justice for those wronged, will be remembered as the “formidable advocate” who shook up the legal system.

While he was an extremely successful criminal solicitor, one of his most remarkable achievements was introducing the no-win-no-fee culture to the UK.

A solicitor with over 60 years experience, Frank began his career in criminal law, before moving onto civil litigation in personal injury and commercial dispute work in the mid-seventies.

After identifying a flaw in the civil legal aid system, Mr Lefevre pioneered American-style no-win-no-fee approach in Scotland with the launch of Quantum Claims in 1988, despite fierce opposition at the time from the Law Society of Scotland.

Mr Lefevre died surrounded by his children at his home yesterday afternoon.

Colleagues at his firm Lefevre Litigation announced the news of his death, saying he will be missed by many in Scotland and beyond.

They wrote: “Sad to intimate that Frank Lefevre passed away peacefully with his children by his side at home this afternoon at the age of 88.

“He was a formidable advocate, possessed a razor sharp mind and had great wit and inimitable style.

“FHL was firstly an extremely able criminal lawyer, he then took on the establishment and set up Quantum, a no-win-no-fee compensation specialist firm, and latterly he could be found winning countless tribunals in the employment law sphere.

“He was a publican, golfer and very able squash player, but foremost a great provider for his close family and friends.

“He was a one-off and will be missed by many in Aberdeen and the wider legal community in Scotland and beyond.

“We are so proud that our firm bears his name and many will be grateful for the hard won court room battles he fought on their behalf.”

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