Colleagues at Burness Paull have described themselves as "heartbroken" after the sudden passing of planning law partner Theresa Hunt, who was based in the firm’s Aberdeen office.
Ms Hunt died on Friday 24 July, aged just 40.
She spent her entire career at the firm, joining its legacy firm Paull & Williamsons in Aberdeen as a trainee in 2002. Described by colleagues as talented, diligent and dedicated, she became a partner in February 2019.
In her practice she often represented clients involved in major planning projects in the north east and went on to lead the firm’s licensing practice, appearing regularly in hearings across Scotland and in England.
She overcame serious illness a number of years ago, making a strong recovery and returning to work.
Tamar Tammes, managing partner at Burness Paull, commented: "Theresa was an admired and respected colleague, lawyer and friend. She brought huge energy and passion to her work, and we were proud to assume her as a partner in the firm.
"It was a position she earned due to her technical excellence as a lawyer and the strong values she always displayed as a colleague.
"Theresa will be very much missed by all who knew her at Burness Paull, and her many friends, clients and contacts. Our thoughts are with Theresa’s family, and the firm will be unstinting in its support for them at this most difficult of times.”