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Bath Quiz A Roaring Success

  Bristol Law Society held a general knowledge quiz for charity in Bath on 17th September. Sponsored by Wessex Searches, Withy King and BLS Council Member Kerstin Kubiak welcomed firms from Bath and Bristol for a lively evening for a testing evening of questions on a range of general knowledge and music. Bristol Law Society has extended its hand of … more


BLS Music Quiz on 24th September

The Annual BLS Music Quiz is being held on on Wednesday 24th September at  The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG  - directions found here http://www.thestationbristol.org.uk/contact/getting-here.html Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start Ben Holt will as always be setting the questions. So do you know your Beatles from Oasis? Can you tell Eminem from Jay-Z? Will Ben ever be able … more


Bristol Law Society in the Great War

With the outbreak of the First World War there began what was inevitable an unhappy period for Bristol Law Society. The ranks of solicitors and their clerks were at once greatly depleted. Within weeks 47 solicitors and 28 articled clerks had joined up, including one of the Vice-Presidents, W. Sefton Clarke. It is pleasant to record that Capt. Sefton Clarke … 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