Tributes have been paid to Andy Duxbury, a well-known Cheshire business figure who has died suddenly at the age of 56.

Duxbury had been chief executive of law firm Aaron & Partners since 2006, and was also chair of Cheshire Professionals, a member of Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership’s Business Growth Strategy Board and a member of Cheshire Business Leaders.

In a statement, Chester-based Aaron & Partners said: “The partners and staff of Aaron & Partners are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden death of Andy Duxbury.

“Our thoughts at this time are obviously with his family.

“Andy has been Aaron & Partners’ Chief Executive since 2006 and has played a key role in establishing the firm as one of the most successful and respected of its kind in the Northwest.”

Before joining Aaron & Partners, Duxbury held a number of marketing and development roles, and spent three years as marketing director at Bevan Brittan in Bristol. He also held senior marketing positions with the RAC.

Here are some of the tributes from Twitter: