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Notary Public – Legalisation of Documents

If you have any documents for use abroad that have to be sealed or signed in the UK by or on behalf of a company or by an individual, where a witness is required, you will need to use a Notary, or Notary Public, not simply a solicitor.

We will advise on the documents and legalisation requirements relevant to the particular country, whatever your notarial requirement.

The Notaries signature and seal will verify to the authorities in that country that the relevant checks have been carried out. A Notary can authenticate or legalise any document, the most common of which are;

  • Passports
  • Educational Certificates
  • Documents relating to the status and activities of a company or the identity of its directors
  • Dealing with purchase or sale of land and property abroad
  • Preparing and authenticating Powers or Attorney to use abroad
  • Authenticating foreign wills and providing documents to deal with the administration of the estates of people who are abroad, or owning property abroad

A notarial certificate is usually prepared, which is legalised by an ‘apostille’, an official certificate issued to documents so they will be recognised in member states without further Legalisation.

The costs involved will vary depending on the amount of time involved and the nature of the particular activity, plus any legalisation costs required, either by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or by the foreign embassy or consulate.

We can normally provide an estimate in advance, assuming sufficient detailed information is available to us stating what is being required of the client from the overseas contact, whether lawyers, bank, estate agents or other agencies.

At Laceys we are fortunate to have Simon Nightingale, who, having been a Notary Public since 1985, has gained a wide range of experience in all aspects of notarial work.

If you require verification of any documents or would just like some advice please contact Simon and he will be able to help.


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Simon Nightingale

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755220


  • “All our deadlines were carried out and executed swiftly and very promptly at all times - very satisfied all round. I think the above sums up the way we feel we were treated.”

    Mr and Mrs W J Hales

  • “Uncomplicated explanations much appreciated. Nothing "snobby" or aloof.”

    Mrs Shirley Critchley

  • “Polite and helpful with regard to my understanding.”

    Eric Place

  • “I was very concerned about having to make changes to my Will but Mr Nightingale was so kind and helpful and made it so painless.”

    Sheila Eaton

A Partner in the Private Client Department and a Notary Public, Simon was head of the Private Client Department in Horsey Lightly Fynn which merged with Laceys in December 2015.

Simon deals with a complete range of Private Client matters, including Wills, Trusts, Tax Planning, Trusts and Estates Planning, Administration of Estates, Court of Protection, Charities, Probate Disputes and Agricultural matters. Specific areas of interest are issues affecting succession in family businesses and farming in particular, the incorporation and governance of Charities and dealing with disputes relating to Wills and contested estates.

He qualified as a solicitor in London in 1975 after gaining an LLB from Southampton University, and subsequently qualified as a Notary Public in 1988. Simon is a member of the Charity Law Association and the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, and a Member of the Council of the Notaries Society.

When not working he plays tennis, and enjoys walking on the Jurassic Coast and (not often enough) playing golf.



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