Society's News


Bristol JLD Ball a great success

BLS President, Mike Gupwell, was amongst the many who attended the Bristol JLD Ball for a superb evening of fun, celebration and fund raising. Mike Gupwell said: “Bristol Law Society were very proud to sponsor the Bristol Junior Lawyers Division Ball in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support on what was a fantastic evening.  It was great to see the event … more


SRA Q&A on the proposed regulatory changes to Consumer Credit

On the 15th May 2015, BLS is holding an opportunity for BLS Members to quiz Crispin Passmore of the SRA on the new Consumer Credit changes and how this will affect practitioners. Wesleyan For Lawyers are sponsoring this event to be held at the Law Library, Small Street on 15th May from 12:00 – 13:30 The proposed changes to the regulation … more


Information about Past Presidents

In this section Jack Lyes summarises information about Bristol Law Society Past Presidents from 1870 – 1889 1870 Charles Edward Ward. Clerk to Merchant Venturers. Photograph in BA ref 44687/BLS/IM/Ph/2/2. Partner Osborne Ward (later with Brooke Smith, Vassall & Parr). See BW(2) page 146 and The Merchant Venturers of Bristol by Patrick McGrath page 267. 1871 George Cooke. Evangelical Anglican. … 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