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All notaries are regulated by the Master of the Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Master is responsible for the qualification and regulation of notaries.

The Master makes the Qualification Rules, appoints the Qualifications Board, consults with the Qualifications Board and delegates some functions to the Qualifications Board.

The Master makes and enforces the Practice and Disciplinary Rules.

The Master supervises the award of the Faculty and the issue of annual practising certificates.  To check whether a member of The Notaries Society has a current practising certificate please look at the website

Tel : 0207 222 5381

Fax : 0207 222 7502

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Scrivener Notaries who practise in Central London are members of and also regulated by The Worshipful Company of Scriveners.

Tel : 020 7240 0529

Fax : 020 7497 0645


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The Representative Society for Scrivener Notaries is The Society of Scrivener Notaries.

Contact the Secretary Jonathan Coutts Esq.

Tel : 0207 395 4300

Fax: 0207 395 4310

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Other Notaries Public in the UK and Republic of Ireland are regulated :-

Legalisation is the responsibility of The Legalisation Section of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

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U.I.N.L. The International Union of Notaries.

This is a non-governmental organisation established to promote, co-ordinate and develop the duties and activities of Notaries throughout the world and ensure the standing and independence necessary for optimum service to individuals and society through close collaboration between Chambers of Notaries.

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The United Kingdom and Ireland Notarial Forum comprises The Notaries Society of England and Wales, The Society of Scrivener Notaries, The Law Society of Scotland, The Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland and The College of Notaries Northern Ireland.  The Forum has published its Guide to Notarial Practice in the United Kingdom which may be found on its website