OUR NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES
A bit of history;
Notaries are both the oldest and smallest type of qualified lawyers in the United Kingdom. Until the year 1533, notaries were appointed on the authority of the Pope in Rome. After said year and the break from Rome, notaries were appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury - but on the authority of the Crown. The Archbishop's jurisdiction was, and still is, exercised through one of the oldest of the English courts - the Court of Faculties, which is now physically located at the Precinct adjoining Westminster Abbey in London. The Court is presided over by the Master of the Faculties who is the most senior ecclesiastical judge and commonly also a judge of the Supreme Court. Since 1801 the appointment and regulation of notaries have been underpinned by statutes enacted by Parliament.
The Court of Faculties remains a tribunal of the Archbishop of Canterbury and is attached to the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The jurisdiction conferred upon the Archbishop of Canterbury by the Ecclesiastical Licences Act 1533 is exercised by the Court of Faculties.
In any event, a notary public in England is a qualified lawyer who authenticates documents and transactions so that such may be recognised and accepted when received in countries outside of England & Wales.
Among the most common documents which notaries deal with are:
powers of attorney for the sale or purchase of property abroad,
proof of the existence of a company,
consent for a minor child to travel abroad,
contracts or agreements,
copies of academic degrees, etc.
certifying the statement of a translator as to the authenticity of a translation of a document from a foreign to English.
In some of these types of notarisations, you may have been told that you need to present identification and sign a document - often also making a swear or declaration - in the presence of a notary public. In other matters, it may be that you need a notary public to themselves authenticate a document and verify facts therein.
The regulation of the Notarial profession under English ecclesiastical law and The Master of the Faculties is the overall head of the Faculty Office and is the Approved Regulator of Notaries in England & Wales.
The Notaries Society reminds its members that they should charge a fee appropriate for the service offered, which will enable the Notary to meet the cost of acting properly further to the Notarial Practice Rules 2020; and the high standards expected internationally for Notarial work. Notaries usually charge hourly rates equivalent to senior solicitors in their locality who deal with complex commercial matters.
Our fees for a notarisation are based on the time actually spent in performing the notarisation work. Our fees in a notarisation are dependent on the time spent at £215 per hour or part thereof.
We charge a minimum fee of £75 for completing a matter which takes 20 minutes or less time.
Please note that VAT is not charged.
Payment is normally paid upon completion of the work done.