A Notary Public is an Officer of the Law and member of the third and longest established arm of the legal profession. I am appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and subject to Regulation of the Master of Faculties.
I prepare and authentic legal documentation, which is normally used overseas or at various embassies and consulates. I authentic and sign a vast variety of documents for individuals, charities as well as various company/partnerships from sole traders through to Plc’s.
Notaries are vital to the smooth working of international trade and as part of my practice I meet a vast array of different nationalities. My Notarial work is separate to that of my Solicitors practice.
The rules which govern my practice as a Notary are similar to those for my practice as a Solicitor and as such, I must be fully insured and maintain fidelity cover for the protection of my clients and the public and in addition, maintain a practising certificate on an annual basis.
Examples of types of work that I do:
- Prepare and execute sponsorship forms;
- Prepare and authenticate Powers of Attorney for use overseas;
- Deal with purchases and sales of land overseas (I will see a lot of documents for properties in Spain, the Caribbean and the USA);
- Authenticate documentation for immigration and/or emigration.
- Typically, this may include identification documents, authenticating degree certificates and other qualifications;
- Assisting with documentation required to marry – Freedom to Marry Declaration;
- Authenticating company and business documents such as Directors’ ID, witnessing and authenticating contractual documentation for use abroad, Powers of Attorney etc;
- Assisting with authenticating documentation to work abroad;
- Administering Oaths, Affidavits, Statutory Declarations or Affirmations;
- Attesting documentation required to establish a company abroad;
- Attesting documents required for foreign adoption;
- Dealing with documentation giving authority for a minor to travel;
- Dealing with documentation required authorising the issuing of a passport to a minor.