Congratulations to Martin Turner - partner in Brown and Murray who recently qualified as a Notary Public.
What is a Notary?
A Notary is a qualified lawyer - a member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom. He is appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and is subject to regulation by the Court of Faculties.
The rules which affect Notaries are very similar to the rules which affect Solicitors. They must be fully insured and maintain fidelity cover for the protection of their clients and the public. They must keep clients' money separately from their own and comply with stringent practice rules and rules relating to conduct and discipline.
Notaries have to renew their practising certificates every year and can only do so if they have complied with the rules.
Who needs a Notary?
Notaries are primarily concerned with the authentication and certification of signatures and documents for use abroad.
They are also authorised to conduct general legal practice (excluding the conduct of court proceedings) They may exercise the powers of a Commissioner for Oaths.
The majority also practise as solicitors but the scrivener notaries do not, nor do some 150 of the general notaries.
For more details contact Brown and Murray on 01229 820021