6. Inspections of Notarial Practices: The Notaries Practice Rules 2014 came into force on 1st May 2014. On the same date, regulations governing a new regime of inspections, the Notaries (Inspections) Regulations 2014, also took effect. In December 2019 the inspectors submitted their annual report to the Faculty Office for the previous year, which is available to read here: Inspections Report 2019 (issued December 2019).
The 2018 Inspections KPI data which looks at further activities arising from the Inspections can be seen here.
For reference, the inspectors earlier reports are available to read here:
7. Statistics about the Notarial Profession: As part of the annual practising certificate renewal process, the Faculty Office has collected information from Notaries about aspects of their practice so that it can better understand the make-up and nature of the profession, the types of work undertaken, and the level of gross fee income. These statistics are used by the Faculty Office to inform its regulatory functions and risk assessments. Some of the data collected in the 2013/14 and 2015/16 renewals has been collated to provide a snapshot of the profession, and analysed by the Faculty Office. Please click on the link below to view the results:
Analysis of the Notarial Profession; 2015/16 practising certificate renewals
8. Equality and Diversity in the Notarial profession: The legal profession and wider legal services workforce should reflect the society it serves. To achieve a profession which is truly representative at all levels requires regulators and the profession itself to identify barriers to entry and progression and begin to break them down. By doing this, we will ensure that the legal workforce is open to the widest possible pool of talent. The Legal Services Act 2007 includes a specific regulatory objective to “encourage a strong, independent, diverse and effective legal profession.” The Equality Act 2010 also puts approved regulators under a duty to advance equality of opportunity between different groups. As part of its work in these areas, once every three years, the Faculty Office collects data about the profession, through a voluntary questionnaire which all Notaries are requested to complete. This data is collated and is published to display equality and diversity statistics about the profession. Please click on the links below to view the results:
Results of 2011-2012 Notaries Diversity and Equality Questionnaire
Results of 2014-2015 Notaries Diversity and Equality Questionnaire
Results of 2017-2018 Notaries Diversity and Equality Questionnaire
The 2017-18 data has been analysed further and broken down against the diversity characteristics in various ‘post-admission’ bands. The data supports the anecdotal evidence that recent admissions represent a more diverse cohort than has been the case in the past. The data can be viewed here:
Breakdown of 2017-2018 Diversity and Equality Data