The Under Sheriff

Under High Sheriff

Meet Shropshire’s Under Sheriff for 2024-25, Mrs Sallie-Anne O'Byrne

The Under Sheriff supports the High Sheriff by attending to various formalities associated with the office, acting as adviser on constitutional and legal aspects of the role and deputising for the High Sheriff when necessary.

The High Sheriff has a legal duty to appoint an Under Sheriff at the start of their shrieval year, usually a local solicitor.

Often the Under Sheriff will have held the post for several years, a continuity which High Sheriffs find extremely helpful. Today the role is largely concerned with helping the High Sheriff at ceremonial occasions in particular, the Declaration at the commencement of their year – usually in April. The second ceremonial event being the High Sheriff’s legal service, which in Shropshire often takes place in March, being toward the end of the High Sheriff’s year in office.

The Under Sheriff’s support and time are most generously and freely given.

Sallie-Anne was born in Shropshire, and was educated locally at St Winefride’s Convent before moving on to Ellesmere College.

Adult Life

Sallie-Anne went on to read Law, thereafter completing her solicitor’s finals, before securing Articles with local firm, Wace Morgan Solicitors. She is head of the Public/Private Law Family Department.

She became a salaried partner in 2007, an equity partner in 2010, before becoming a Director in 2015.

She was appointed President of the Shropshire Law Society in 2015.

She was appointed as Deputy Under-Sheriff in April 2017. She became Under Sheriff in April 2022 and is supported in her role by her Deputy Under Sheriff, Ms Bethan Davies who is a Partner at Wace Morgan Solicitors.

The High Sheriff for 2024 to 2025 is Mr Brian Welti JP, Sallie-Anne said “I was honoured when Brian asked me to be his under Sheriff. It is a privilege to hold the office and one which I take extremely seriously. I will be supporting Brian throughout his shrieval year and look forward to working with him”.

She is married to Rory, also a Solicitor, and they have three children Orla, Angus and Erin.

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– Brian Welti JP

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