Martina Longworth, a partner at Moody & Woolley, said builders discovered Kevin Gough's body in the firm's chimney when they were carrying out work at the Grade II listed building.
She said she could not comment on whether the victim had died as part of a burglary and the sympathies of staff were going out to Mr Gough and his family.
It's very tragic, it's very sad for the man who was found there.
He must have family and friends around him and our thoughts go out to them.
Staff feel the tragedy.
A man who was found dead inside a chimney at a city law firm has been named by police.
The body of Kevin Gough, 42, was discovered at Moody & Woolley Solicitors in St Mary's Gate, Derby, on Wednesday.
It is believed staff at the firm were alerted to the body by the smell.
A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said officers were treating the death as unexplained and were preparing a file for the coroner.
"Police are not treating his death as suspicious", the spokeswoman added.
An inquest will open at Derby Coroners Court this afternoon
The body of a man, believed to be a burglar, has been found in the chimney of a law firm.
Staff at Moody & Woolley Solicitors in St Mary's Gate, Derby, were reportedly alerted to the grisly find by the smell.
Police were sent to the city centre premises around noon yesterday afternoon and cordoned off the area while they removed the man's body.
Julie Marson, senior partner at Moody & Woolley, told the Derby Telegraph it appeared to be an "awful" tragedy. Police are still trying to identify the body.
Police are investigating after a body was found in the chimney of a business in Derby city centre.
Officers were called to the scene yesterday after the body, believed to be a man, was discovered.
The death is currently being treated as unexplained.
Thousands of Sikhs paraded through Derby today to celebrate Vaisakhi the Sikh New year. Mark Gough joined the celebrations.
Lanterns were lit in Derby on Sunday in remembrance of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father.
Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13, died last May.
On Sunday, Derby City Council confirmed its intention to knock down the property and the adjoining semi.
His wife Mairead, and their friend Paul Mosley, have been sentenced to 17 years.
The house where Mick Philpott killed his six children by torching the property as they slept will be demolished, councillors have promised.
Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss has confirmed the council's intention is to knock down the property and the adjoining semi.
The plan will be to consult the local community on what should replace the buildings.
An online petition has already been launched urging the local authority to install a memorial garden.
Mr Bayliss told the Derby Telegraph: "Who would want to live in a house where six children have died and why would you want to live next door to a house where six children have died?"
"It is the council's intention to bulldoze the properties but we need to go through a number of legal loopholes first."
A minute's silence has been held in memory of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father.
Supporters, staff and players fell silent at 3pm to remember Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13.
A minute's silence will be held today in memory of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father.
Derby County Football Club has asked supporters to join staff and players in remembering Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13.
A spokesperson for the club said the Rams will hold the minute's silence ahead of their fixture with Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium this afternoon.
Mick Philpott, 56, was jailed for life on Wednesday after being convicted of killing the children along with his wife Mairead, 32, and friend Paul Mosley.
Mick Philpott stuck two fingers up in court as the Judge told him he was a "disturbingly dangerous man" and would be sent to jail for life.Read the full story ›