A Notary is a person, licensed to perform certain legal duties, in particular witnessing
signatures on documents. A Notary prepares, witnesses or certifies documents required
to be used by the client abroad.
Documents that are typically notarised include powers of attorney, sworn statements,
contracts, deeds, property papers and certificates, such as degree qualifications.
Notaries are commonly used by individual clients, as well as companies.
Notaries are regulated by the Court of Faculties, one of the oldest courts in England.
Notaries practice under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Is a Notary a Lawyer?
A Notary is a qualified lawyer and as such, may also carry out other types of legal work
for their clients. Similar to lawyers, Notaries must be fully insured and maintain
confidentiality for their clients and the public.
Similarly, they must keep clients' money separately from their own and comply with
stringent practice rules and rules relating to conduct and discipline. In addition, Notaries
have to renew their practising certificates every year and can only do so if they have
complied with the rules.
Does the UK have notary publics?
There are approximately 850 Notaries who practice in England and Wales. These
Notaries are represented by the Notaries Society.
The link on The Notary Society website allows you to find a notary in the UK: https://www.thenotariessociety.org.uk/