Russell-Cooke Notary Public Services Terms

Notary public services Public Notaries in England and Wales form the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the UK. Notaries are a small and highly specialised branch of the legal profession who are qualified to prepare and certify documents that have been signed in England and Wales for use abroad. Notaries have a duty to the transaction and the authenticity of documents providing complete impartiality and honesty.

Russell-Cooke has three notaries Richard Frimston, partner and head of the private client group qualified as a notary public in 1995. His notarial practice is long established and attracts a mixture of private individuals and corporate clients. Jonathan Thornton, partner and head of the corporate group qualified as a notary public in 1997. His notarial practice focuses mainly on corporate clients, with a particular emphasis on the emerging markets in the Far East.

Jenny Bird, associate in the private client group qualified as a notary public in 2015. Her notarial practice is developing and she is able to assist both private individuals and corporate clients.

Richard, Jonathan and Jenny are able to authorise, prepare and certify documents including:

n preparing and witnessing powers of attorney n taking declarations, affidavits and oaths n witnessing signatures on documents to deal with land, property and finances overseas authenticating company and business documents

n witnessing personal documents for applications to marry or work abroad

attestation of deeds verifying certificates



n certifying identification documents for individuals and in the case of corporate clients of directors, company secretaries and any other authorised signatory of a company

Requirements Notaries are required to confirm the identity and UK address of every client. For private individuals , each signatory must bring one of the following:


n proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill displaying your current address


n drivers licence (with photocard)

n birth certificate or EU national identity card

For corporate clients , notaries are required to verify the existence of the company which you represent. This can be one of the following documents:

n an extract from the current companies register n company incorporation documents

n certificate of goodstanding

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