Notary Public

If you require the services of a notary public, there are two notaries based in our offices offering services to both businesses and members of the public. Whilst they are based in our offices and are also employed by Ramsdens Solicitors as solicitors, they provide their notarial services on a self-employed basis, and not on behalf of Ramsdens Solicitors.

Contact our experienced team today to discuss our Notary Public services, by calling 01484 821 500 or fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is convenient for you.

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is a specially-qualified lawyer, regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who serves as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts, which are related to the signing of important documents.

Our insurance indemnity limit is £1,000,000.

There are approximately 800 Notaries across England and Wales, and Notaries Public form one of the oldest branches of the legal profession.

What does a notary do?

A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or witness the signing of most documents. This work involves the authentication and valid execution of documents for use abroad.

Such services are indispensable to the conduct of international transactions and quite often are the only thing preventing an individual or representatives from a company from having to travel abroad to conduct their business.

The Notary’s signature and seal will verify to the authorities in that country that any relevant checks have been carried out, and that the document has been properly signed.

Typical examples of work carried out by notaries include:

  • Authenticating documentation needed for emigration and applications for marriage abroad
  • Notarising copies of passports and educational qualifications
  • Certifying the identity of a company or its officers for private or public sector bodies or regulators abroad
  • Notarising the due execution of documentation in relation to the purchase of land or other assets abroad
  • Notarising copies of company documents
  • Notarising powers of attorney relating to the conduct of business, property transactions or Court proceedings abroad

What is the difference between a Notary and a solicitor?

Notaries form a highly specialised portion of the legal profession, whose area of specialism is the preparation and certification of documents so they can be used effectively abroad.

Solicitors form the largest portion of the legal profession, offering advice and representation to their clients on a wide variety of legal issues, usually within their country of residence.

A notable difference between a Notary and a solicitor is that, while a solicitor’s primary duty is to their client, the Notary’s responsibility lies with the transaction itself and the authenticity of the documents.

Notaries are recognised internationally, and they have to maintain absolute integrity and impartiality to maintain the standing of the profession.

What is legalisation or apostille?

Many countries require notarised documents to be legalised.

Legalisation is a double check to make sure a Notary’s signature is genuine and recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In some cases, documents may be checked by foreign embassies to make sure that the Notary’s signature matches the one on their records. However, this will depend on the country involved. Once the authenticity of the signature has been confirmed, a certificate called an “apostille” is attached.

Documents in a foreign language

If a document involved in this type of transaction is written in a foreign language, it is usually necessary for it to be translated by an official legal translator, who will then sign a statutory declaration.

In exceptional circumstances, the Notary may be satisfied to fix their seal of office and signature on documents in a foreign language if they are happy that the individual signing the document is familiar with the language it is written in.

Copies of our complaints procedure can be provided on request.

Contact us

To discuss Notary Public issues, please either use the contact form on this page, email us at or call us on 01484 821 554 or 01484 558 068 to speak to one of the Notaries based at Ramsdens.

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