After pursuing a number of careers I qualified as a Solicitor in 2000, from which I am
now retired, and was granted my faculty to practice as a Notary Public in 2004.
In addition to my practice as a Notary Public I also further my studies in
I work from:
33, Clarence Road North
Tel. No. 01934 645576
Mobile 07775 911094
Note: There is easy parking.
I normally arrange to see clients at my offices but alternatively I can see you at your
business address or at home subject to an agreed fee.
What you will need for the Appointment:
The document or documents which require my seal and signature. Do not sign
or have it witnessed beforehand. Everything must be done in my presence.
Any instructions which have been given by the lawyer who has prepared the
document. There are sometimes requirements about signing each page or
even the colour of the ink.
Your passport or if you have no passport a government issued document
which bears your photograph such as a modern driving license and
documents which proves where you live such as recent utility bill or bank
statement. If you have difficulty producing such original documents I shall
need to discuss with you what evidence of identity I shall need to see to satisfy
myself that you the person you say you are.
If you have received the document electronically please forward to my email
address in advance of the appointment. Please check the document carefully
for errors in your name, address and passport number.
I charge on the basis of time spent at £200 per hour or part thereof. There is a minimum fee of £75 and VAT is not charged.
For example typically a Notary matter can be completed in 20 minutes in which case the minimum fee of £75 would be charged but, if for example, the matter took 30 minutes then the fee would be £100 and so on.
If I need to travel to you the travel time would be charged at the above hourly rate.
You are responsible for all payments I make on your behalf, for example, legalisation fees paid to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and/or Foreign Consulates agents’ fees, Company Registry fees, couriers fees and postal charges.
I will not incur these expenses without first obtaining your approval.
Please note I have no facility to take payment by Debit or Credit Card so
will require Cash or Cheque.
What is an Apostille?
Some countries require a document to be legalised. This is a process by which a state agency confirms my seal and signature as those of an English Notary.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office attaches an Apostille to the document.
Some countries require a document then to be stamped at their London Embassy in addition to the Apostille.
The process will normally take three days for an Apostille and up to an additional week if an Embassy stamp is needed.
Terms of Business
MY FEES: My present hourly rate is £200 and my minimum fee is £75. I
reserve the right to vary the rate in respect of extremely urgent work or work
done outside ordinary office hours or at the weekend.
FIXED FEES: I may, in the case of straight forward matters, agree with you
beforehand a fixed fee. If however at the appointment the matter proves to be
more complicated or there are more documents or people involved than you
indicated or legalisation is required, I reserve the right to renegotiate the fee or
agree to charge you at my hourly rate.
V.A.T.: I am currently not registered for VAT.
DISBURSEMENTS: You are responsible for all payments which I make on your behalf. Typical examples are legalisation fees paid to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and/or an Embassy, legalisation agents’ fees, Companies House fees, couriers fees and special postage charges. However I shall not incur these expenses without first obtaining your consent to do so.
PAYMENT: My charges are normally payable on the signing of the document
or on the receipt of the notarised document. If I render a bill in respect of the
work, payment will be due when you receive the bill. Please note we have
no facilities for payment by card thus a cheque or cash will be
TIME CHARGE: This includes all work undertaken on your matter from
start to finish including preliminary details and advice, preparation,
attendances, drafting, phone calls, correspondence including emails, faxes,
copying documents and the completion of my register and protocol. Letters,
emails and phone calls are charged at a minimum of six minute units or
otherwise at the time taken.
PREPARATION: includes checking and dealing with any documents
presented by you, any instructions accompanying the documents,
consideration and drafting of documents before, during or after attendances,
attending to any amendments or completing any blanks in the documents,
binding the documents securely and dealing with any special requirements or
formalities of the foreign country.
YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS: It is not my responsibility to
give you legal advice concerning the document. My role is satisfied if you
understand the content of the document and that you agree to be bound by it.
You are advised to seek the advice of your own independent legal or other
competent professional adviser who practises in, or is skilled in, the law of the
jurisdiction to which the document will be sent.
MY RESPONSIBILITIES: I have to be satisfied as to your identity, your
legal capacity, your authority and your understanding and approval of the
document I am notarising. In certain instances I may insist on a translation. I
shall try to ensure that the document, in the manner of its execution, its form
and substance will achieve its purpose. I must be satisfied that it is your
voluntary act and that no fraud, violence or duress are involved and that other
stipulated formalities either under English or foreign law are observed. If I am
not satisfied about any one of those things I will refuse to undertake the
FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE AND/OR CONSULAR
LEGALISATION: Some countries require a document to be legalised. This
the process by which a state agency confirms that my seal and signature are
those of an English Notary. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office attach an
apostille to the document. Sometimes the document then has to go to the
London Embassy for the country to where the document will be sent. The
Embassy will then attach its own certificate to the document. Your lawyer will
probably advise you of the need for legalisation. If not, you should ask him
about it. I shall be able to obtain the necessary legalisation and shall discuss
with you time scale and whether we should use legalisation agents or couriers
if speed is required. However you can deal with legalisation yourself if you
REGISTER & PROTOCOL: At the end of the matter, I make a formal entry
of the main details in my register and I keep copies of the notarised document
and proof of identity in my protocol.
MY LIABILITY: I carry professional indemnity liability cover of £1 million
pounds. I therefore limit the level of my liability to you to £1 million pounds,
unless you are injured or die as a result of my negligence, in which case my
liability is without limit.
THE RELEVANT LAW: The law which governs my contract with you is
English Law and it is agreed that any dispute in relation to my services shall be
resolved in English Courts.
Regulation and Disclosure
My Notarial Practice is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop
If you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please do not
hesitate to contact me.
If I am unable to resolve the matter you may then complain to the Notaries
Society, of which I am a member, who have a Complaints Procedure which is
approved by the Faculty Office. This procedure is free to use and is designed to
private a quick resolution to any dispute.
In that case please write with full details of your complaint to:
If you have any difficulty in making a complaint in writing please do not
hesitate to call the Notaries Society/Faculty Office for assistance.
Finally, even if you have your complaint considered under the Notaries Society
Approved complaints procedure, you may at the end of that procedure, or after
a period of eight weeks from the date you first notified me that you were
dissatisfied make your complain to the Legal Ombudsman, if you are not
happy with the result:
If you decide to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman you must refer
your matter to the Legal Ombudsman within six months from the conclusion
of the complaints process.
What is a Notary?
Notaries are a separate branch of the legal profession. To become a notary under the present regulations, as well as satisfying the Qualifications Board of your existing qualifications as a lawyer you must successfully complete a two year post graduate diploma at Cambridge University.
Notaries can trace their roots back to the 13th century. The link with the Archbishop of Canterbury arose because notaries were originally appointed by the Pope. When Henry VIII appointed himself head of the Church in England he passed the duty of appointing notaries to the Archbishop.
The status of a notary is recognised throughout the world. Often documents which are to be sent to foreign jurisdictions will only be accepted if they bear the seal and signature of a notary.
The notary’s prime responsibility is to ensure that his notarial act may be relied upon by anyone in the world who may receive the document.
This differs from the responsibility of a solicitor whose main duty is to his client.
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