The Society of Scrivener Notaries, 95 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JF,


Becoming a Scrivener Notary

Qualifying as a Notary Public

All new scrivener notaries must first be admitted as “general” notaries. 

An applicant for admission as a general notary must have followed and attained a satisfactory standard in a course or courses of studies covering all of the following:  Public/Constitutional Law, the Law of Property, the Law of Contract, the Law of the European Union, Roman (Civil) Law, Equity and the Law of Trusts, Private International Law, Conveyancing, Business Law and Practice, Wills, Probate and Administration, and Notarial Practice.

An applicant who is a solicitor in a general practice will usually be exempt from further study of most of the above subjects, except with the exception of Business Law and Practice, Conveyancing, and Wills Probate and Administration, in respect of which exemptions may be applied for on the basis of recent courses of study or current practical experience.

Applicants who are not solicitors in general practice may apply for individual exemptions based on recent courses of study or current practical experience.

Roman (Civil) Law, Private International Law, and Notarial Practice are studied in a two-year course that all applicants must complete, having first obtained a certificate of exemption from the Qualifications Board at the Faculty Office.

Enquiries regarding eligibility and exemptions should be directed to the Education Officer:

The Notarial Practice Course

UCL Faculty of Laws will be the provider of the course in notarial practice, consisting of modules in Roman (Civil) Law, Private International Law, and Notarial Practice, commencing September 2013.

Upon successful completion of the notarial practice course an applicant may apply to the Master of the Faculties for admission to the roll of notaries.

Qualifying as a scrivener notary

A general notary wishing to qualify as a scrivener notary must pass examinations set by the Worshipful Company of Scriveners in advanced notarial law and practice, the laws of a foreign jurisdiction as relevant to notarial practice in this country, a main foreign language (examined over two papers) and a subsidiary foreign language (examined in a single paper). Exemptions from the foreign law examination and the foreign language examinations are available to candidates who have passed public examinations in these areas to a suitable level.

The Company’s examinations are currently held in January and July each year.

In addition to the Company’s examinations, a candidate must also complete a 2-year period of training with a scrivener notary, 6 months of which may be spent abroad working in the offices of a notary or other lawyer. A candidate who is already in practice as a general notary may elect to undergo a period of supervised practice as an alternative. This 2-year period may run concurrently with the 2-year period of supervision that all new notaries are required to complete under the Notaries (Post-Admission) Rules 2009.

For further details, please refer to the Scriveners (Qualifications) Rules 1998 and the Notaries (Qualification) Rules 1998.

Enquiries concerning qualification or entry to the Notarial Practice Course should be made directly to the Faculty Office or to UCL Faculty of Laws, as appropriate.

Enquiries regarding qualification as a scrivener notary should be made to the Clerk of the Scriveners Company.