What Is A Notary PublicWho is a Notary?

A Notary is qualified lawyer – a member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales.  They are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

What Is A Notary Public?

A notary can deal with all non-contentious legal matters but generally the main function of a Notary is to authenticate documents, transactions, events and people.  Once notarised a document is internationally recognised proof of its contents and facts stated.

What qualifications does a Notary have?

A Notary is a solicitor, barrister, graduate (not necessarily in Law), who has obtained the additional qualifications of a Diploma in Notarial Practice and a Faculty from the Court of Faculties.

A Notary must hold a valid practicing certificate, have in place adequate professional indemnity insurance and comply with the conduct rules of the profession.

What is Legalisation?

Some Countries require a document to be legalised.  This is the process by which a state agency confirms that our seals and signatures are those of an English Notary.  The Foreign and Commonwealth Office attach an apostile to the document.  Sometimes the document then has to go the London Embassy for the country to where the document will be sent.  The Embassy will then attach its own certificate to the document.

What to do if you need a Notary Public

If you require the services of a Notary Public you can contact us to make an appointment. We have 3 offices in Northamptonshire: Kettering, Corby and Northampton. Please call Northampton on 01604 258558 or Corby & Kettering offices on 01536 276727 or email [email protected]