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Brooke's Notary


Practice management

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22 June 2009

Sweet & Maxwell


240 x 156mm
730 pages

Brooke's Notary
13th edition

Nigel Ready


Brooke's Notary is the standard work on notarial practice. It is a vital reference work, containing important information on notarial practice and procedure in England and Wales as well as many other jurisdictions. Incorporating all the key developments since the last edition, Brooke's Notary:

  • covers the practice and procedure for notaries in England and Wales with much of relevance to other parts of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and international jurisdictions
  • examines the functions and powers of notaries
  • covers the procedure for admission as a notary, the different classes of notary, and the training and appointment of notaries
  • considers the impact of the Legal Services Act 2007
  • looks at the formalities of a notarial act and the evidentiary status of notarial acts in both civil and common law jurisdictions
  • provides an outline of some of the leading features of the law relating to bills of exchange and other negotiable documents
  • covers areas frequently encountered by notaries in the course of their practice including powers of attorney, affidavits, declarations and ship protests, bond and debenture operations and share issue ballots
  • takes account of major revisions to deal with the impact of the Companies Act 2006 and recent legislative reforms relating to the execution of deeds
  • includes discussion of common issues such as the role of the notary in electronic contracts and the impartiality of the notary in ensuring certainty in contractual relationships
  • covers the Court of Faculties and the origins and exercise of its jurisdiction and its disciplinary powers
  • looks at and considers the rules established under the Notaries Practice Rules 2001
  • is updated to cover the new evidential rule within the CPR relating to notarial acts and instruments
  • considers the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 to which notaries are subject
  • contains English language precedents on bills of exchange, ship protests, notarial certificates and affidavits and statutory declarations
  • contains substantially revised precedents, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German forms for notarial acts.


• Origin and development of the office.
• Functions, powers, duties and qualifications of notaries.
• The Court faculties.
• Classes, appointment and training of notaries.
• Formalities of a notarial act.
• The evidentiary status of notarial acts.
• Bills of exchange, promissory notes and cheques.
• Powers of attorney.
• Affidavits, declarations and ship protests.
• Bond and debenture stock operations and share issue ballots.
• Execution and proof of documents for use outside the UK.
• Precedents.
• Appendices.

About the Author

Nigel Ready is a Senior Partner at Cheeswrights, Scrivener notaries. He is the Chairman of the Notarial Committee of the Scriveners' Company and an English delegate to the United Kingdom Notarial Forum. Nigel is the author of the three previous editions.