I qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and I have been a partner at various Essex law firms for over 20 years, and most recently I was Head of Dispute Resolution at Gepp Solicitors in Chelmsford.
I qualified as a notary public in 2019.
I now work as a notary public and as a consultant solicitor.
What is a notary?
A notary is a historic legal appointment made by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Notaries are the third and smallest branch of the legal profession. There are approximately 650 notaries in England and Wales.
A notary has jurisdiction to attest to the accuracy of documents which are executed in England and Wales and specifically for use abroad. The signature and seal of a notary should be obtained to ensure that a document signed in England and Wales is accepted and given legal effect in a foreign jurisdiction.
When would I need to use a notary?
I provide a fast, accessible and professional notary service for businesses and for individuals
The signature and seal of a notary should be one of the steps undertaken to ensure that the document signed in England and Wales is acceptable and recognised in any relevant foreign jurisdiction.
Legalisation is the sealing of a notarised document by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. This is done by fixing an Apostille to the document.
The execution and swearing of documents due to be used in the United Kingdom can also be dealt with by a notary.