Notary Public Hillingdon, London

notary public Hillingdon London

Contact Details

Appointments are available either at my office or at a place to suit you.

Regulation of Notaries

The Public Notaries Act 1801 was introduced to put the regulation of notaries on a statutory footing, its introduction describing it as “an Act for the better Regulation of Public Notaries in England”. However, it is the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 and the Legal Services Act 2007 that oversees the statutory regulation today. They grant regulatory powers to the Master of the Faculties; namely, a functionary in the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. This position is always held by the Dean of the Arches. Interestingly, this Office is exempt from any FOI requests.

The Road to Becoming a Notary Public

The Notaries (Qualification) Rules 2017 provides an applicant be ‘of good character’, and:
“Is at least 21 years of age and has satisfied the requirements of these rules; and
Has taken the oath of allegiance and the oath required by Section 7 of the Public Notaries Act 1843; and
Is, except where such application is made under rule 4 (ecclesiastical notaries) or rule 8 either a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, or a barrister at law or a Chartered Legal Executive or holds a Degree”.

Therefore, usual applicants are solicitors and barristers, or those with a recent qualifying law degree and Legal Practice Certificate (LPC). This entitles an applicant to a Certificate of Exemption from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury from core legal subjects of study.

Thereafter, applicants attend the Diploma in Notarial Practice. This is a two-year distance learning course run by institutions such as University College London wherein students’ study three subjects: Roman Law, Private International Law, and Notary Practice.

Once qualified, The Notaries Society (of England and Wales) mandates “all newly appointed notaries shall, for the first two/three years after their appointment, have their practice as a notary supervised by another notary”.

Notary Public Hillingdon for Notarisation and Legalisation.