Authorised to practise in England and Wales and regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury
The witnessing of signatures and verification of documents.
The administration of oaths, affidavits, and declarations.
The authentication of the signature, stamp, or seal of a UK public official by way of an Apostille issued by the UK Foreign Office, and the attestation of documents by foreign Embassies and Consulates.
The production of certified copies of personal and public documents.
I offer a fast and friendly notary service to individuals and organisations in Kent and beyond.
I will deal with your matter personally.
You will always be provided with a quotation before the appointment that will include legalisation and postage/courier costs.
Please see my frequently asked questions section below for more information.
A Notary Public in England and Wales is appointed and regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Historically, notaries would have recorded agreements between individuals that could later be relied upon if a disagreement arose. Notarial documents are admissible as evidence in court.
The primary function of a notary is to attest the signing of legal documents, and produce certified copies of documents for use abroad.
By attesting a person’s signature, they are confirming the identity, capacity, authority, and will of that person.
A notary has a duty to the underlying transaction and is therefore impartial. Each notary has their own seal that they attach to the document.
An Apostille is a certificate issued by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office that verifies the signature and seal of a UK public official.
When attached to a document, it ‘legalises’ it, and enables it to be used in another country that is a member of The Hague Apostille Convention 1961.
If a country is not a member of The Hague Convention, the Apostille will need to be verified by the country’s Embassy or Consulate in London. This process is known as ‘attestation’ or ‘Embassy/Consular legalisation’
For legalisation costs and information, please see the ‘Legalisation’ page of my website.
Please bring your passport and a proof of address from the last three months.
The proof of address can be a UK driving licence, utility bill, bank statement, or letter from NHS/HMRC/Local Authority. I also accept digital proof of address, but you will need to log into your account so I can verify it.
I have a legal obligation to identify the appearing parties, including any witnesses, and to keep records of the identification produced.
My fees are based on time spent in preparation and at the appointment.
My minimum fee for a notarial act is £175 and my hourly rate is £350. I do not charge VAT.
I need to see a copy of the document/s that need to be notarised together with instructions to be able to provide a quote.
The above fees do not include postage or legalisation costs. For legalisation costs and information, please see the ‘Legalisation’ page of my website.
If you are paying for a commercial matter on a company credit card an additional processing fee of 2% will apply.
At the appointment, I will first inspect and take scan copies of your passport and proof of address.
The documents that need to be notarised will then be checked against the identity documents and can be edited if needed.
Sometimes I have to draft and attach a notarial certificate, and sometimes the certificate is already included in the body of the document. I will often attach a certified copy of your passport. The requirements vary according to the country the documents are going to be used in.
Once everything has been signed and notarised, it will then be bound together securely. I will take scan copies. Each job gets its own number, and will be stored electronically together with a register known as a protocol that records all of the jobs done for each year.
I will provide you with an invoice and payment can be made at the appointment by cash, bank transfer, or card.
You will leave with the original notarised documents and I can email you scans as well. I may need to keep the documents to send for legalisation.
Please check that your passport is signed and still valid. Please bring a proof of address, such as a UK Driving Licence, Utility Bill, Bank Statement, or letter from the NHS or Local Authority.
Please do not print the documents that need to be signed or make copies of your identity documents. I use special paper and ink for this purpose. Please do not provide pre-paid return envelopes, as the finished documents might be heavier than the postage paid for, causing delays.
Please arrive on-time for your appointment, as I may have appointments booked before or after you. If you arrive early, please call or message me.
I aim to respond within 1 working day to all written communication.
It is better not to send me a text message, WhatsApp, or voicemail as I don’t check them regularly.
I am appointed and regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a member of the Notaries Society of England and Wales