Both Isabel and James are qualified lawyers, but as Notaries Public they are members of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales. Their independent practices as Notaries are carried on in conjunction with the main legal practice of Paris Smith in compliance with the Notaries Practice Rules 2019.
Notaries are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are subject to regulation by the Master of the 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.
Notaries are primarily concerned with the authentication and certification of signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents for use abroad. Some of the most common tasks that Notaries are asked to perform are:
We can also provide authentication and a secure record for almost any sort of transaction, document or event.
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