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25 October 2012

E-Notarisation A Future?


The College of Notaries Northern Ireland held a seminar yesterday in Law Society House on the subject of electronic notarisation. The speaker was Mr Michael Lightowler, Notary Public, President of the Notaries Society, the professional body for Notaries in England and Wales.

eNotarisation is already in operation in a small number of other jurisdictions throughout the world but not yet in Northern Ireland. Even in England its use is still quite limited as there are issues similar to those encountered by the Land Registry of Northern Ireland regarding electronic signatures in eConveyancing. The aim of yesterday’ lecture was to help Northern Ireland’s Notaries prepare for eNotarisation, the advent of which is as inevitable.