Graham Bell QC, formerly a leading member of the Scottish criminal bar, died on Sunday 3 February, his family has announced. He was 81.

Mr Bell became a member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1980 and took silk in 1991. He was instructed regularly in the Criminal Appeal Court and served as an advocate depute from 1998 to 2000. 

Among other posts he served on the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Scottish Legal Aid Board, the Mental Health Tribunals for Scotland, and the Dean's council and the Discipline Tribunal within the Faculty of Advocates. He was also a chair of the Police Appeal Tribunals. In 2011 he was awarded the OBE for services to the legal profession.

A service will take place on Monday 11 February at 2pm in Mortonhall Crematorium Main Chapel, Edinburgh.