Tributes paid to 'greatly respected' former Rothbury resident

David Robson QC
David Robson QC

Tributes have been paid to a former Rothbury resident and a 'champion' of the legal system, who lost his battle with cancer.

David Robson QC passed away on Thursday. He was in his 80s and living in Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear. Mr Robson had lived in Rothbury for more than 20 years.

Having practised law for more than 50 years, he was well known throughout the North of England. He was called to the bar in 1965 and became a silk in 1980. He received the Profumo Prize for first place in criminal law in the bar finals. He had worked for New Park Court Chambers and KBW Chambers.

He was particularly well known at Newcastle Crown Court, was a Recorder of the North Eastern circuit 1980-2005 and was a Bencher of the Inner Temple since 1988.

Rothbury county councillor Steven Bridgett paid his tributes. He said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of one of our former residents, David Robson QC. David was trusted for his integrity and fair play by Bench and Bar alike, he never once in his career had a complaint made against him, either formally or informally and was greatly respected and sometimes feared by his opponents. Rest in Peace David; your battle is now over and our legal system has sadly lost one of its best champions and advocates."