Annabelle C Jones LLM

Notary Public


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Regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury


Notarial Services for corporate clients and private individuals. 


As a Notary Public of England and Wales, I offer notarial services which include;


- Notarising documents such as passports, qualifications etc.

- Powers of Attorney

- Overseas property transactions

- Administering Oaths


I can also arrange consular legalisation / Apostille services if required.


When required I will travel to meet my clients as I offer a mobile service.


Below is a brief explanation of the role of a Notary Public



Notaries represent the oldest and smallest branch of the legal profession in England & Wales. (Notaries in Scotland are regulated separately like the other Scottish legal professions). 


A notary is defined by what s/he is and what s/he does. A notary is a qualified lawyer whose task it is to authenticate documents and transactions so that they can be effective in countries outside England & Wales 


There are approximately 775  notaries in England and Wales. Of these, about 725 are members of the Notaries Society - the membership body which represents the interests of notaries. Throughout England and Wales, all, save about 150 notaries, are also qualified as solicitors. A further 30 Scrivener notaries belong to the Society of Scrivener Notaries.

Within England and Wales a Notary Public is authorised to carry out all legal work other than the conduct of litigation. The authority of a notary is derived both from statute and from the Faculty granted to the notary by the Court of Faculties. The Faculty enables a notary to perform notarial acts in the public (or authentic) form recognised in civil law jurisdictions as well as in the private form which is accepted in England and Wales and other common law jurisdictions.

Until the eighteenth century notaries would authenticate their acts with an individual sign - often extremely elaborate. At the same time the government and corporations authenticated their transactions under seal. Governments still use seals for important transactions, and their regular use by companies is only now going out of fashion. The use of seals to authenticate 'deeds' was the normal way of establishing their validity in the courts. Gradually, notaries adopted seals in substitution for their signs and by the nineteenth century it had become established that any notarial act should be attested by a notary's signature supported by his individual seal.

All Notaries Public now have such a distinctive seal - often illustrated with professional or historical signs. In addition notarial acts are prepared in established forms which can easily be understood and recognised wherever they are produced, and which may, in many jurisdictions, carry significant weight in courts and registries. Just as Notaries certify documents and transactions so they in turn are certified by the legalisation process which is described elsewhere.

Where a notarial act is for use overseas, it is commonly a requirement that a notary's execution of the act is further attested by HM Government through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office who will attach to the document an 'Apostille' or certificate confirming the authenticity of the notary's signature and seal - both of which are registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The process is called 'legalisation'. Some countries require further authentication by the consulate of the receiving jurisdiction


One of the most frequent notarial functions is the attestation or authentication of powers of attorney for use abroad. Many foreign legal systems require powers of attorney to be executed before a notary.

A Notary Public may also be called upon to certify the proper execution or signing of any sort of document that is to be used overseas and, if required, to confirm that it is binding in English law. After identifying the person or persons concerned and the substance of any fact or event he may issue a certificate confirming such fact or event. This is frequently useful in relation to immigration or emigration matters or issues relating to status, marriage divorce or adoption and many like matters

Other functions include the completion of documentation for the registration of a company in different parts of the Commonwealth or overseas and sometimes for the entry of a person to overseas territories.

The administration of oaths has always been an important function of the notary.