The Notaries Profession in England is the oldest branch of the legal profession. Their origin can be traced back to the times of the occupation of Britain by the Romans. Mercantile Law is the body of law that deals with customs and practises of international commerce. Mercantile Law covers business transactions, insurance, licensing, patents, shipping, transportation and the sale and purchase of goods and services.
Just like notaries in countries with civil law jurisdictions, Notary Publics carry out all kinds of non-contentious legal work. They are effectively civil law lawyers or notaries practising in a common law jurisdiction and are a bridge between the civil law jurisdictions and the common law jurisdictions of England and Wales. Ecclesiastical Notaries are members of the Ecclesiastical Law Society of England.
A City of London based Notary Public Lawyer, prepare Notarial Acts including Authentic Acts mainly executed in England and Wales for use elsewhere in the world. English Notary Public Law has been practised in the City of London since the the times of Henry VIII. The Notaries Profession in England is the oldest branch of the legal profession. Their origin can be traced back to the times of the occupation of Britain by the Romans.
This will include drafting, review and explanation of documents for use outside the UK. Drafting of Wills and the administration of estates.
There are two basic types of Notarial Act; those in private form and those in public form for which there are Authentic Acts/Instruments.
The private form is when a Notary Public annexes a Notarial Certificate by way of authentication of a document thus converting it into a Notarial Act.
The public form is an Authentic Act/Instrument drafted by the Notary Public which will include verification of identity, legal capacity and understanding of the documents and awareness of the contents, and confirming authority to enter into the transaction e.g. in the case of a corporate body.
The role of the English Notaries in helping business and citizens is well recognised.
Notary Publics in England and Wales have had their Notarial acts recognised worldwide for centuries and this indeed has permitted citizens and businesses to circulate freely.
In this way, Notaries Public facilitate commerce and life for the ordinary citizen, as Notarial Acts enable them to go about their daily lives and business freely with reasonable cost and without undue delay.