A Partner at Darlington law firm, Latimer Hinks, has been appointed to a prestigious historic role.
Marketing Partner Anne Elliott has been sworn in as the new Under-Sheriff of County Durham.
The position is deputy to the High Sheriff, an office which is about 1,000 years old having its roots in Saxon times.
The High Sheriff and Under-Sheriff were the principal law enforcement officers in the county, but over the centuries most of the responsibilities associated with the appointment have been transferred elsewhere.
The modern day role includes specific initiatives intended to improve and sustain the morale of personnel of voluntary and statutory bodies, particularly those engaged in the maintenance and extension of law and order and the criminal legal system.
Anne Elliott said: It is a great honour to be appointed to a role with such a long heritage.
It is important that traditions, such as the office of High Sheriff and Under-Sheriff, continue to be upheld. The duties may have changed, but are still very worthwhile, particularly in relation to crime-reduction initiatives.
As Under-Sheriff for County Durham for the coming year, I look forward to supporting the High Sheriff, Alasdair MacConachie.
Anne Elliott joined Latimer Hinks in 1976, became a partner two years later and Marketing Partner in 1998.
Her specialisms are in Private Client Work wealth preservation and succession planning for families and business, wills, probate, trusts, and tax planning - and agricultural legal issues.She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Agricultural Law Association and Solicitors for the Elderly and is a Recommended Panel Adviser for the Tenant Farmers Association Panel.