The Society of Scrivener Notaries
The Society of Scrivener Notaries is the representative body for scrivener notaries. It is active on their behalf in relations with other bodies whose duties and powers are of significance to the profession, such as the Legal Services Board, the Faculty Office (as the approved regulator of notaries), the Treasury, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Scriveners' Company, the Notaries Society (representing non-scrivener notaries) and the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge.
The Society of Scrivener Notaries is a member of the United Kingdom Notarial Forum, which groups all the notarial associations in the country. The Society is also a member of the International Union of Notaries (the “UINL”), a body which recognises the unique role played by scrivener notaries in upholding the civil law tradition in a common law jurisdiction.
Under the rules that govern the profession, the Scriveners Company is able to act in the informal resolution of disputes between members of the public and scrivener notaries concerning notarial acts performed by a notary, or the charges made by notaries for their services. More serious allegations of professional misconduct are dealt with by the Faculty Office.
Membership of the Society of Scrivener Notaries is optional, although non-members are unable to make use of the procedure for informal resolution of disputes.