I am a Partner in the Boyes Turner's Wealth Protection team and have specialised in Private Client services since qualifying as a solicitor in 2002. I have since qualified as a Notary Public in 2019 following a two year course at University College London.
As a Notary Public, I am available to assist in the authentication and certification of signatures and documents for use in foreign countries.
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a separate and distinct part of the legal profession. Although most Notary Publics are also qualified solicitors, it is a separate qualification and is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury
What does a Notary Public do?
The role of a Notary Public is principally concerned with the authentication and certification of signatures and documents for use in foreign countries.
A Notary will need to identify you and you will need to produce evidence of identity and proof of address. The Notary will also make sure that you understand the document you are signing and that you are willing to be bound by the terms of that document.
A Notary does not advise on foreign law and will not advise you with regard to the contents of any document you present to him. A notary will make sure that the document is correctly executed according to English law and that as far as possible the requirements of the foreign jurisdiction are complied with.
If the transaction concerns a transfer of funds the Notary may require you to produce evidence of the source of funds. He may also enquire as to the nature of the transaction as he has a duty to ensure that there is no fraud involved in the transaction. If you are unwilling to disclose this information the Notary will be unable to assist you.
Any documents in a language other than English must have an English version prepared by a qualified translator or by a lawyer in the foreign jurisdiction who is prepared to take responsibility for the contents of the English translation.