Derek is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. From 2007 to 2011 he worked for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as a senior Advocate Depute (prosecuting counsel). From 2011 onwards he has mainly worked as a defence advocate.
In 2014 he was listed number 3 in the Pink Scotland List. The citation said:
- "One of the country’s top legal minds, Derek Ogg was at the forefront of the campaign to legalise homosexuality in Scotland in the 1970s."
In 2015 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Scottish LGBTI Awards.
- http://www.blackchambers.co.uk/index.php/advocates/senior-counsel/derek-ogg-qc/ (dead link)