The Under Sheriff
The High Sheriff has a legal duty to appoint an Under Sheriff at the start of his or her 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 is most generously and freely given.
The current Under Sheriff is John Arnold, a Director of Cullimore Dutton Solicitors Limited which is a company formed from a merger of two long standing Chester firms of solicitors, namely Birch Cullimore and Mason & Moore Dutton. He has been at Birch Cullimore and Cullimore Dutton for 33 years. He became Under Sheriff for the City of Chester in 2004 and for the County of Cheshire in 2016. He works as a dispute resolution solicitor in property, commercial and employment matters and is also a registered High Court Enforcement Officer, registered to enforce Judgments obtained through the High Court.
John was born in Swansea subsequently living in Pembrokeshire and going to school in Monmouth. He then went to Sheffield University and obtained a degree in history. On leaving University he worked at the Department of Transport for an 18 month period working as Programme Officer on the M25 enquiry in Uxbridge. He is a former President of the Cheshire & North Wales Law Society and is currently Vice Chair of Chester Aid to the Homeless.