Tributes paid to barrister

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a barrister who was found dead at his home.

Warren Grier died at the farmhouse he shared with wife Vivienne, in Waldridge Lane, near Chester-le-Street, in the early hours of last Thursday.

It has since been confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances and the Echo understands the 45-year-old was found hanging.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned by the coroner.

Mr Grier worked as a magistrates’ clerk for 12 years and was called to the bar in 1989, going on to specialise in crime, family law and taxation.

He was regularly involved in cases before Durham and Newcastle Crown Courts.

Bryan Dickson, of New Park Court Chambers on Tyneside, where works, said: “The sudden death of Warren Grier, an able and respected barrister, has shocked and saddened his colleagues.”