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You will need to use a Notary for documents that require certification to be sent overseas as Notaries are recognised internationally, whereas Solicitors are not.   A Notary is an independent specialist lawyer with an additional qualification, appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the rules which affect Notaries are very similar to the rules which affect Solicitors.


A Notary’s work involves the preparation and authentication of documents for use abroad and the most frequent Notarial services, Stephen Gordon, our Notary provides for individuals include:

  • Overseas students studying at UK universities may need to produce education certificates, letters of attendance or transcripts when returning to their home country
  • Dealing with documents for weddings abroad, such as a Certificate of No Impediment
  • Divorce documents from the UK for name changes on overseas passports
  • Preparing and witnessing powers of attorney for use overseas (giving someone the right to act on your behalf)
  • Dealing with the documentation involved in a purchase or sale of land and property abroad
  • Providing documents to deal with the administration of the estate (including Wills and death certificates) of people who are abroad, or owning property abroad
  • Authenticating personal documents and information such as DBS checks/proof of qualifications for immigration or emigration purposes, or to work abroad
  • Notarising medical reports and police reports for use in connection with accidents abroad

The Notary’s role is very important as they must be certain that you fully understand the documentation that you are signing before they are able to certify it for you. Our Notary provides a fast and efficient Notary Public service in Chesterfield. For a no obligation chat with Stephen Gordon please call 01246 560 560.  Stephen and his team will happily talk you through your requirements and confirm the price for the work.  Please note that appointments are currently only available in Chesterfield.

We advise that you read our guide before coming to see Stephen as there are certain items, such as ID, that you will need to bring with you.

Preparing To See A Notary

Although every case will be different, you will need to ensure:

  • You make an appointment
  • You bring evidence of your identity to the appointment, such as a current valid passport and/or driving licence and a recent utlity bill or bank statement with your name and address on it
  • You understand any documents involved, particularly if it is not in English
  • You bring any documents to the appointment that are relevant to the matter

How much does a Notary cost?

The fee will be based upon the amount of time that is spent dealing with your matter, however a quotation will be provided in advance.  All quotes are subject to VAT.

For more information, or to arrange an appointment with Stephen Gordon, call 0330 017 6302or email

*calls cost no more than a local 01 number and are included in your mobile minutes.


Notaries are regluated in England and Wales by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury of The Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JT


Professional Indemnity Insurance

Our Notary is covered by Banner Jones Solicitors Professional Indemnity Insurance.   The Professional Rules for Notaries can be accessed either on the  Faculty Office website or the Notarial services website.


Complaints Procedure

The vast majority of our clients are totally satisfied with the Notarial service we provide, however, in order to comply with the Notaries' Code of Practice, we need to advise you of what to do should you become unhappy with our service.

If at any time there is anything concerning you about the progress of your matter, you should contact the Notary dealing with your case, who will  try to deal with your concern.

If your concern is not dealt with in this way you can persue a complaint under the Notaries Approved Complaints Procedure by contacting the Secretary of the Notaries Society of Old Church Chambers, 23 Sandhill Road, St. James, Northampton, NN5 5LH.

Any matters not resolved by the Notaries Society's Approved Complaints Procedure will be dealt with by the Office for Legal Complaints at the Court of Faculties.

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