In England and Wales, notaries public are normally qualified lawyers who undergo rigorous background checks to ascertain their good character, to ensure that their certifications can be relied upon throughout the world. On admission to the profession, all notaries swear an oath that they will not attest any document which has ‘fraud or violence’, so that the genuineness and authenticity of documents certified by English and Welsh notaries is trusted worldwide.
English and Welsh notaries are specifically trained to oversee the proper execution of documents for use abroad, particularly for compliance with the formality requirements of deeds, sworn statements such as affidavits, statutory declarations and other documents such as powers of attorney, so that these may be accepted for use abroad.
All notaries in England and Wales are also commissioners for oaths, which means they can administer affidavits (oaths sworn on a holy book or affirmed) and statutory declarations, and Notaries in England and Wales are regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
English and Welsh notaries can also be solicitors or barristers, but they do not need to be dual-qualified in this way (whereas all Scottish-qualified solicitors are also notaries).
All of our notaries are qualified to practise throughout England and Wales competent in several foreign languages, so that they can issue certification directly in Italian, Greek, Spanish, Romanian, German, Polish and French, which can save you translation costs.