The oldest branch of the legal profession in England
Posted on 10:43am Wednesday 3rd Feb 2010
Notaries form the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales. Their origin can be traced back to the times of the occupation of Britain by the Romans.
Just like Notaries in countries with Civil Law jurisdictions, Notaries carry out all types of non - contentious legal work for private and corporate clients.
Notaries are effectively Civil Law Lawyers or Notaries practising in a Common Law jurisdiction and are effectively a bridge between the Civil Law jurisdictions and the Common Law jurisdictions of England and Wales.
As Notaries, we record matters of judicial importance, as well as private transactions or events where an officially authenticated record or a document drawn up with professional skill or knowledge is required.
Our services are provided to both corporate and private clients on a 24 / 7 basis and appointments can be made at your office to suit your diary.
Pursuant to the Public Notaries ( Practising Certificates ) Rules 1982 and 1991 we are enrolled as Notaries Public for England and Wales and are entitled to practise as such.
We are regulated by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury , 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT. The Court of Faculties is one of the oldest Courts in England. We are also members of The Notaries Society of England and Wales.
We are Commissioners for Oaths in accordance with the Commissioners for Oaths Act 1889.
In accordance with the Solicitors Act 1974 and the Legal Services Act 2007, we provide drafting and legal advice relating to Wills, Probate and Trusts.
Specifically, the functions of Notaries include the preparation of certain types of documents (including international contracts and powers of attorney) and certification of their due execution, administering of oaths, witnessing affidavits and statutory declarations, and the certification of copy documents.
Significant weight attaches to documents certified by English Notary Public Lawyers.
Documents certified by Notaries are sealed with the Notary's seal and are recorded by the Notary in a register maintained by him/her. These are known as "Notarial Acts". Notarial acts under the signature and seal of a Notary are recognised as evidence of a responsible legal officer in all countries of the world.
The Civil Procedure Rules of the Supreme Court of Judicature of England and Wales, provide that a notarial act or instrument may be received in evidence without further proof as duly authenticated in accordance with the requirements of the law, unless the contrary is proved.