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.

As a Notary Public, Simon is able to deal with a number of transactions, including:

  • 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


If you require notary services then please contact Simon or his assistant Alison Dunn on

0191 3842441

or email: 


Simon Andrew Robinson, Notary Public of Venture House, Aykley Heads Business Centre, Durham, DH1 5TS is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

For the purpose of notarial services, Swinburne Maddison LLP's standard Terms and Conditions and Privacy and Data Protection policy do not apply, instead they are replaced by the following Notary Public Terms and Conditions and Notary Public Data Protection and Privacy Notice