Competition and Markets Authority’s legal services market study.
The Master of the Faculties, in common with the other frontline regulators in the legal sector, has today published his action plan to deliver greater transparency for consumers. This represents a key stage in the implementation of the recommendations in the CMA’s legal services market study report. The action plan may be viewed here:Master of the Faculties CMA Action Plan
The Faculty Office continues to collaborate with the other regulators via the Remedies Programme Implementation Group in order to maintain progress on this important issue.
The Legal Services Board will, in keeping with the CMA recommendations directed to it, assess all the action plans over the summer and continue to monitor progress on these reforms.
The Faculty Office has launched a Consumer Survey which is intended to help us better understand the needs of the users (consumers) of notarial services in England and Wales and to help us to develop policies and guidance to assist those we regulate to provide excellent service to consumers. If you have recently used the services of a notary public, please take a few moments to complete the survey. Create your own user feedback survey
The Notaries Society Conference was held in Cardiff on Friday 23rd September which was attended by the Master and members of the Faculty Office. The Master’s annual address to the Society can be read here:
Master’s Address to The Notaries Society Annual Conference 2016
On Saturday 17th September, many of those who successfully passed year two of the Notarial Practice Course at University College London attended a ceremony and reception at UCL to mark their ‘graduation’. Many have already gone on to apply to be admitted as Notaries Public and have commenced practise. Graduation Photograph
‘Find a notary’ search engine on the European e-Justice Portal: The Faculty Office is pleased to announce its participation in the ‘Find a notary’ search engine on the European e-Justice Portal. You can now search for details of notaries in England & Wales on the European ‘Find a notary’ search, alongside the other participating countries. The Faculty Office gratefully acknowledges the financial support from the Notaries Society and the Society of Scrivener Notaries, which has made this project possible.
The Faculty Office provides a search facility on this website to find details of the notaries it regulates in England & Wales, including a postcode search: ‘Find a notary’.
The European e-Justice Portal is conceived by the European Commission as a future electronic one-stop-shop in the area of justice. It provides information on justice systems and improving access to justice throughout the European Union, in 23 languages. You can read an overview about some of the main legal professions in the England and Wales jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. It includes information about judges, prosecutors and different types of lawyers: Legal professions – England and Wales.
2017 Open Day for the Notarial Practice Course: An Open Day for the Notarial Practice Course (run by the Faculty of Laws, University College London) takes place on Friday 10 February 2017. Booking details and further information can be found here: www.laws.ucl.ac.uk/event/notarial-practice-course-open-day-2016.
General information about the UCL Course, together with video presentations recorded at the 2016 Open Day, can be found on the UCL Faculty of Laws website: www.laws.ucl.ac.uk/study/continuing-professional-development/notarial-practice-course. Please also check our pages on qualification as a Notary, as well as two useful leaflets provided by the Notaries Society, intended for law graduates and for legal practitioners:
Becoming a Notary – An alternative legal career: A guide for law graduates
Becoming a Notary – A complementary legal career: A guide for legal practitioners
New Notaries (Conduct and Discipline) Rules 2015: Please note that the Notaries Conduct and Discipline Rules 2015 come into force on 1st November 2015. If, following a formal investigation, it is decided that disciplinary proceedings in the Court of Faculties are necessary, against a Notary who may have committed Notarial Misconduct, these updated Rules now regulate the process for all such disciplinary cases.
New Notaries (Conduct and Discipline) Fees & Costs Order 2015: Please note that the Notaries Conduct and Discipline Fees & Costs Order 2015 come into force on 1st November 2015. This Order provides a framework for legal costs during formal disciplinary proceedings.
Two recent disciplinary decisions of the Court of Faculties: The Faculty Office exercises a disciplinary function over Notaries in England & Wales. Two discipline cases of alleged notarial misconduct have been decided in the Court of Faculties recently, and the decisions in those two cases can be read on our website page about Recent decisions of the Court of Faculties.
Open Day for the UCL Notarial Practice Course 2015: This is taking place on Friday 6 February 2015, hosted by the UCL Faculty of Laws. Booking details and further information can be found here: http://www.laws.ucl.ac.uk/event/notarial-practice-course-open-day-2015/. Please also check our pages on qualification as a Notary together with the UCL page on the Course.
You can view video presentations recorded at the Notarial Practice Open Day on the UCL Faculty of Laws website: www.laws.ucl.ac.uk/study/continuing-professional-development/notarial-practice-course/.
Disciplinary decisions of the Court of Faculties: The Faculty Office exercises a disciplinary function over Notaries (including Scrivener Notaries) in England & Wales. Recent decisions of the Court of Faculties will be published on the website from time to time.