Common Law Association of Notaries present and future

There is a great need for notaries worldwide to work together for the benefit of the profession and of the public that we serve. Education, sharing of knowledge and professional cooperation are very important. We operate worldwide. We experience similar challenges in various jurisdictions. When I was elected as president, I and the other directors, put together a plan for the future development of the Association. We have improved the website. We now publish an online magazine Notary World. Over time these articles will be archived on our website and build into a useful resource. While the Association is primarily based in Common Law jurisdictions, it is important that we work with notary organisation in Civil Law jurisdictions including UINL and CNUE. The international element of notarial work is of interest to the Association and not the domestic areas of Civil Law notaries.

Where does the Common Law Association of Notaires go from here? I and the directors intend that we will

  1. Continue to develop the website.
  2. Regularly publish our online magazine Notary World containing articles of relevance to notaries worldwide.
  3. Extend our member organisations globally, particularly in Common Law Jurisdictions.
  4. Welcome new Associate Members.
  5. Develop educational support for our members and assist notariates in developing they are own educational and diploma courses.

My hopes and the hopes of my fellow directors are ambitious but are worth working for. The future depends on the active participation of notaries throughout the world, whether by contributing articles or otherwise.

Leo Mangan.
Past-President World Organisation of Notaries.

The Formation of W.O.N.

W.O.N. was formed because Notaries in various jurisdictions who were not entitled to become members of any other international Notary associations were finding they needed international representation to promote their interests, generate additional work and income, and raise their profile on both the international and domestic scenes.

While attending the 2009 annual national conference of the National Notaries Association (N.N.A.) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, The Notaries Society of England and Wales and The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia (Canada) decided to promote the formation of W.O.N.

A meeting and conference for potential members was arranged for October 2009 at the Leander Club, Henley -on-Thames, England. The turnout for the full-day programme for delegates was very good.

A further conference was held in Dún Laoghaire County Dublin Ireland in Spring 2010, with an executive meeting in May 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Since then, Notarial bodies (Notaries Societies/Notariats) in various jurisdictions and individual Notaries in different countries have expressed considerable interest in joining and becoming actively involved with and supporting W.O.N.

W.O.N.’s initial working capital has been injected by the three founding members. Their Seals are shown above: From left, The Notaries Society of England and Wales, The Faculty of Notaries Public of Ireland, and The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia (Canada).


Stewart Germann, President

Stewart Germann of Auckland, New Zealand was appointed a Notary Public in 1989.  Stewart who has been on the Council of the Society of Notaries for many years became President in 2013.  He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries (ANZCN) and is a New Zealand Governor of the College.  In addition Stewart was formerly a director of WON, and is now a director and the President of C.L.A.N.

Stewart is keen to increase the standards of Notarial Practice throughout New Zealand and he really enjoys his involvement with C.L.A.N.

Leo Mangan, Immediate Past President

I was appointed a Notary Public in Ireland in 1985.   I formed my own law firm, Mangan, O’Beirne Solicitors, in 1973. In 2014, I retired from practice both as a Solicitor and as a Notary Public.

I served as a director of The Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland from 1993, with various responsibilities including chairperson of the Professional Practice Committee and Deputy President.  In 2019 I was appointed as a Fellow of the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland.

In 2013, I was a founding director of the Common Law Association of Notaries originally named the World Organisation of Notaries.  I was President for the years 2018 to 2020 and I now serve as the Immediate Past President.

Ken Sherk, Past President

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Anthony Northey

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Brian O’Brien

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Andrew Johnson

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