If you require documents or signatures certifying or authenticating for use abroad then it is likely you will require the services of a notary public. A notary public is a lawyer appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury whose status is generally recognised around the world (solicitors and barristers are not usually recognised in the same way).
There are less than 1,000 practising notaries in England and Wales (not including the City of London), however, one of our partners, Simon Robinson, is an experienced notary public and will be able to assist you.
Sometimes, further formalities may be necessary before a document will be accepted overseas. For example, 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. The good news is, Simon can organise all of these supplementary services on your behalf.
In his capacity as Notary Public, Simon is able to deal with a number of transactions, including:
If you require notary services then please contact Simon or his assistant Alison Dunn on