Smithfield’s provides Notary Services through Julian Wilkins who is Notary Public and also a consultant solicitor with Smithfields.
We offer appointments either at Smithfields offices or at a location of your choice by prior arrangement.
Please contact Julian for a quotation or to arrange an appointment. Also, we can advise you of the necessary steps required to enable us to notarise your document.
A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or witness most documents primarily to be used in a legal jurisdiction outside of England and Wales. The Notary’s signature and seal will verify to the authorities in a specified legal jurisdiction that necessary checks have been carried out and that the document has been appropriately signed.
Certain legal jurisdictions will accept the document as being notarised if it includes the Notary Public’s signature and seal. However, certain jurisdictions will require in addition legalisation by the local embassy or consulate and/ or an Apostille being issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. When you make your enquiry with we can advise about the procedural steps and costs.
If a document requiring notarisation is in a foreign language it is usually necessary for the document to be translated by an official legal translator who will then have to sign a statutory declaration certifying that it is a true translation. However, in certain situations the
Notary may be satisfied to fix their seal of office and signature on documents in a foreign language provided they are fully satisfied that the person signing understands the language and meaning of the document.
Pursuant to the Money Laundering Regulations 2007, notaries are now obliged to keep sufficient evidence on their files of the identity and the address of all their clients before they undertake any work. As such we will require sight of original forms of identity such as passport, driving licence and documents proving your address such as bank statements. We need to keep a copy for our notarial records.
Each person whose signature they are to certify must provide one of the following original identification documents at the time of the appointment.
Notaries form a small, highly specialised branch of the legal profession, whose area of specialisation is the preparation and certification of documents so that they may be used effectively abroad.
One fundamental difference between a Notary and a solicitor is a solicitor’s primary duty remains to his client, whilst the Notary’s primary duty is to the transaction and the authenticity of the documents. Notary Public’s have worldwide recognition, and have to maintain absolute integrity and impartiality to maintain the standing of the Notarial profession.