News from Hong Kong Society of Notaries

The Society is pleased that 403 members had renewed their membership for the 2021 Practice Year which commences from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. There is a net growth of 40 members. Of the 403 members, 396 are practising and 7 are non-practising.

The majority of our members have over 15 years post-admission qualification as solicitors. Notaries Public are primarily concerned with the preparation and authentication of documents for use abroad, serving a vital role in international trade.

Talks to professionals

Our series of talks for professionals to introduce the notaries public profession and its works are well received.

On 20 January 2021, our Past Vice-President and Council Member, Ms. Rebecca Lo presented a webinar titled “The Practice of Notary Public and Why it is Important for International Trade” to the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. During this informative and interesting session, Ms. Lo first briefed the audience on the history of Notaries Public and The Hong Kong Society of Notaries. She then gave a general description of the practice of Notaries Public before going into the international aspect and risk management aspect of a notary’s work. The webinar was attended by over 350 attendees. The audience was enthusiastic and raised questions on various practical issues such as notarization of execution of document by companies and whether Notaries Public can verify foreign passports.

Another webinar in the series was a presentation on “Notaries Public in Hong Kong” by our Council Member Mr. Jesse Kwok to more than 150 members of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries on 17 February 2021. The presentation included qualifications and appointment to be a Notary Public, workflow of notarization, Apostille, legalization and common notarial acts such as attesting to signature, certifying to signature, certification of due execution by company. The event was highly interactive. The attendees responded readily to poll questions and more than 10 questions were raised and discussed during the Question and Answer session which lasted for almost half an hour.