Chris Thomson is a qualified solicitor. In addition, he holds special authorisation to certify certain documents, typically those required for use overseas. Clients requiring his services will generally have been given a document by a third party, such as a lawyer in another country.
Notaries are required to check your identity and that you understand the essence of what you are signing. They cannot give detailed legal advice on the document. They then add their signature and seal to the document to confirm that these requirements have been met.
Some documents also require an 'apostille' - a formal stamp from the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth office. Others require additional stamps and seals, typically from foreign embassies in London.
Chris Thomson, our notary, can arrange all of this for you.
To see our notary, please contact Emma Nunn on 01284 762211. She will make an appointment that is convenient to you and also agree the fee. The fee for a single document is £60. An ‘apostille’ can be obtained for a further £63, which includes the Foreign & Commonwealth Office fee and the fees of our agents who deal with them. Fees for more than one document are available on request.
You will need to bring your passport with you to your appointment, or some other form of photo identification. You must also bring a recent utility bill or bank statement that shows your address.
Our Notarial work is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. We have a separate complaints procedure for Notarial work, details of which are available on request.