Peter Clement, 57, disappeared after undertaking a 12-mile hike along the Great Beard mountain trail on May 15, prompting an extensive search by local police, coast guard and military.
However, the three-week hunt on Silhouette Island has returned no trace of the lawyer and has now been called off, with police admitting bad weather means it is increasingly unlikely he will be found alive.
All of Mr Clement’s travel documents and belongings were found in his room at the Labriz Hilton hotel.
Son Chambers, 2 Harcourt Buildings, said in a statement on its website: “It is with profound shock and profound sadness that we have to announce the loss of our dear friend, colleague and former Chambers boss, Peter Clement.
“He had just retired after an illustrious career at the Criminal Bar, practicing at 2 Bâtiments Harcourt for more than 30 years.
“Before joining Chambers he was a Captain in the Army Legal Service and served in Northern Ireland. He was much loved and respected by everyone in Chambers as well as his many friends in the Criminal Bar.
“He will be deeply missed.”
Matthew Scott, a barrister at Pump Court Chambers, described Mr Clement as an “excellent lawyer and a man who was impossible not to love”.
And Edward Henry QC, of Mountford Chambers, paid tribute, saying: ‘Peter was gentle, kind, unassuming, unfairly modest (in his own estimation of his talent) and utterly exceptional. He will be missed by all who loved and admired him, with that painful sense of loss and incomprehension as to why this happened to him. RIP dear Peter.
The Foreign Office is said to be supporting Mr Clement’s family and helping to liaise with local authorities in Seychelles.
The trail it was on when the bad weather set in is known for its slippery and unmarked paths, some expert hikers should be accompanied and provided with GPS plotters.