notarial services.

Where documents, transactions or signatures require to be authenticated or certified for use abroad, you will most likely require the services of a notary public.  

A notary public is a lawyer appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury whose status is usually recognised abroad (solicitors and barristers are generally not recognised in the same way). There are less than 1000 practising notaries in England and Wales (not including the City of London). 

Simon Robinson, one of our partners (pictured right), is an experienced notary public.  Typical transactions dealt with by Simon include:- 

  • witnessing powers of attorney for use overseas;
  • witnessing signatures to documents relating to the purchase or sale of land and property abroad;
  • authenticating personal documents and information for immigration and emigration purposes or for applications to marry or work abroad;
  • authenticating company business documents and transactions. 

In some circumstances, further formalities are required before a document can be accepted overseas. An “Apostille” or a certificate confirming the authenticity of the signature and seal of a notary is commonly required from the Foreign and Commonwealth. This is known as legalisation. Alternatively or additionally, authentication may be required from the embassy or consulate of the relevant country. Simon can organise this. 

If you require notary services then please contact Simon or his assistant Alison Dunn on 0191 3842441 or email: or

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