The High Sheriff has a legal duty to appoint an Under Sheriff at the start of their 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 as well as assisting with other legal matters such as those relating to parliamentary elections. The Under Sheriff’s support and time are most generously and freely given.
A bit about Mrs Sallie-Anne O'Bryne
Sallie-Anne was born in Shropshire, and was educated locally at St Winefride’s Convent before moving on to Ellesmere College.
She is married to Rory, also a Solicitor, and they have three children Orla, Angus and Erin.
She read law at Coventry University, completing solicitor’s finals at Chester Law College. Sallie-Anne subsequently secured a training contract with local firm Wace Morgan Solicitors. She is head of the Public Law / Private Law Family Department. She became a Partner in 2007 before becoming a Director.
She was appointed President of the Shropshire Law Society in 2015.
In April 2017 she was appointed as Deputy to the Under Sheriff, Mrs Madeleine Butcher.
On her continued appointment as Under Sheriff she said “I was honoured when the High Sheriff asked me to be her Under Sheriff and I feel very priviledged to hold the office. I will be supporting the High Sheriff as much as possible during Mandy Thorn MBD DL Shrieval year.”