Notary Public Solicitors

A notary public is an officer of the law appointed by the Court of Faculties to draw up or authenticate documents for use anywhere in the world and to administer oaths and declarations for use in proceedings in both England and Wales and abroad.

A notary public may be asked to draft, witness or certify as to the validity of documents and as to the authority of those people signing the documents. When such documents are produced or authenticated by a notary they should be acceptable abroad. A notary is also required to keep a record and copies of the documents produced or verified by him or her.

Often a notary will be asked to witness the signature of documents by companies. In this case he or she will have to carry out a Company Search to check that the company is legally empowered to proceed, will have to check that the people signing on behalf of the company have been given power to do so by the company and will have to check the identity of the people signing.

In other cases, the notary may be asked to certify that a photocopy of an original document is a true copy. The production of notarially certified copies is generally considered by courts and public authorities overseas to be equivalent to production of the original document. In court proceedings an affidavit may need to be sworn and a notary public is authorised to take affidavits or statutory declarations.

Notarial appointments are available at Harpenden with Ian Simpson or  Mary McEvoy  clients are advised to book via prior appointment (Luton clients are advised appointments will take place at our Harpenden office).

Find information which clients frequently seek using our Notaries FAQ.  The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has recently moved.  To find out more information click here.   You will also find more information about what notaries do on the Notaries' website at



"As part of my job as a healthcare Regulatory Manager I register medical devices with many Health Authorities worldwide who often require key documents to be provided notarised. Neves Solicitors' Notary in Luton, Mary McEvoy, is therefore regularly asked to help me accommodate all requests working to very tight deadlines. I find the service friendly, quick and accurate."

Dorrit Berg, Group Compliance Manager for Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd

“A very swift and responsive service, cost effective too!”

Ian Griffiths of PRG Schultz

“We at Huntleigh, have always found Neves to be efficient and accommodating. We enjoy a good relationship with Neves and look forward to its continuance in the future.”

Richard Bloom, UK Legal Director
(Huntleigh Technology Limited)

“A friendly and helpful firm which endeavours to assist even at short notice”

A satisfied client

"As ever, thank you very much for your kind assistance in this matter and should I require any further notarial services, then you will be the first call I make!"

A satisfied client