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Forthcoming Events

Bristol Law Society hosts a lively vibrant programme of social and other professional events. In particular, Bristol Law Society is committed to holding events to suit all interests. This year, BLS is holding one of its popular quizzes in Bath. Below is a list of events currently planned. Make sure you continue to check the website for more events. September … more


Bristol Law Society and the Great War: A chance to reflect and commemorate

Dear colleague During 2014, the world commemorates 100 years since the start of World War I. Many Bristol solicitors and articled clerks, some bearing the surnames which would later go on to become well known legal practices in Bristol, either volunteered or were conscripted and their names are recorded for posterity on the roll of honour, a gift of Council … more


The life of a lawyer in 1840

A solicitor is seldom very fat……..A solicitor is seldom very tall . . . a solicitor has a keen, enquiring look – uneasy, not to say, suspicious; he is often clever, never great; generally acute, never profound; he deals in details, and never cares for or comprehends principles; he sees a point of law only as it affects the case … 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