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Gullands Partner becomes new Under Sheriff of Kent

Gullands Partner Catherine Lloyd was sworn in as the new Under Sheriff of Kent, with Remony Millwater becoming Kent’s new High Sheriff on 28 March. A first for Catherine, but also a landmark in the history of the Shrievalty since for the first time ever in its long and distinguished history the High Sheriff’s Declaration Ceremony, took place online.

The Declaration Ceremony would normally take place in the Parish Church of the incoming High Sheriff and was scheduled to be held this year at St Clements Church in Sandwich. However, due to the current travelling restrictions, it took place online from a range of locations across the County, watched by friends and family whilst being witnessed and presided over in accordance with protocol.

Catherine Lloyd has taken over from Robert Coombe of Whitehead Monckton who has retired after eight years in the role. The role is typically carried out by a solicitor, as historically the Under Sheriff had to issue writs on behalf of the High Sheriff

The Under Sheriff is there to offer support and guidance to the High Sheriff of Kent (who is the Monarch’s representative for law and order and the emergency services in the County).

The High Sheriff is the oldest secular office in the UK after the Crown and dates back to Saxon times. The Under Sheriff assists with the organisation and delivery of key events, including the High Sheriff’s Declaration Ceremony, Garden Party and Justice Service for Kent. The High Sheriff is also responsible for the entertainment and welfare of High Court Judges when on circuit in the County, which includes providing Court lunches and other hospitality.

The High Sheriff’s role is now a ceremonial one, but no less important as it supports and unites a wide range of people within the communities they serve across the County. The High Sheriff also supports the Lord Lieutenant when members of Royalty visit the County.

Catherine Lloyd comments: “It was certainly a different Declaration Ceremony to any previously held, but nonetheless it was very special and memorable. It is vital that we all follow Government advice to stay in and technology made it perfectly possible to hold the Ceremony online, which we achieved with a fitting sense of occasion. I’m really looking forward to this role, as I think it will be fascinating and enable me to meet lots of interesting people,  once the restrictions on movement are lifted. I am greatly looking forward to serving the communities in which I live and work.”