Society's News


Important news about BLS Library Services

Bristol Law Society is the oldest local law society in England and Wales and hosts a large collection of historic legal reference materials including journals, case reports and text books.  Members of the Society are most welcome to visit our offices, at the Law Library on Small Street, and to use the library for their own research and study purposes (during our normal opening … more


Former BLS President Robert Bourns elected as Deputy Vice-President of The Law Society

Bristol Law Society is delighted that former BLS President Robert Bourns is to be the next deputy vice president of the Law Society.   The Law Society Council has elected Robert Bourns, senior partner at TLT, who will take up the role of deputy vice president in July 2014.He is expected to become president of the Law Society in 2016. … more


Book now for the BLS Conferences

Bristol Law Society is delighted to hold two further unmissable conferences this autumn at which top speakers will address issues of practical and topical importance. Held at Clarke Wilmott’s offices, in conjunction with St. John’s Chambers, BLS is holding its next Private Client Conference on 30 September 2014. With topics covered including the tax landscape, farms and estoppel claims, Wills and … more


A NOTARY’S LIFE FOR ME


Michael Gupwell of Gregg Latchams is a Notary Public. In this article, he draws back the veil of secrecy and introduces the role of a Notary.

Notaries public are a distinct type of lawyer, separate from solicitors or barristers, whose origins date back to Roman times.

A notary public’s role is to execute or certify documents where required, which is usually when the documents are for use in a foreign jurisdiction.  The notary will identify the appearer and verify their authority and capacity, before ensuring that they understand and intend the purpose of the document for execution.  They will then ensure that the document is executed validly for the jurisdiction where the document is to be used and notarise the document with their signature and unique seal.

Certain jurisdictions have further requirements before the documents can be used and a notary can advise about what might be required and help the appearer arrange for the further steps to be undertaken.

Most notaries are or have been solicitors, but it is not a necessary requirement.  However, the notarial qualification has certain obligatory elements, some of which are completed as part of becoming a solicitor or barrister.  The other learning elements are covered on the Notarial Practice Course, which will be run by University College London from the Autumn of 2012.  The best way to find out more, and a requirement for passing the course, is attendance at one of the Notaries Society Open Days.

After passing the Notarial Practice Course and meeting the requirements to be awarded their notarial faculty, a notary then has to successfully complete a 2 year period of supervision before finally being able to practise fully independently.

For further information, contact Michael Gupwell at michael.gupwell@gregglatchams.com