Notary Public

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary is a member of the oldest branch in the legal profession and they are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury. They are concerned with the authenticity of signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents for use abroad, and can provide a form of bridge between documents signed in the UK and their use overseas.

Karen Fletcher: Notary Public

Karen Fletcher is a qualified solicitor and Notary Public, having qualified as Notary Public in 2023. Her work as a notary is separate from her work as a solicitor, and she is separately regulated for notarial work by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. All notarial work is operated as an independent business practice from Longmores Solicitors LLP.

When is a Notary required?

Each notarial matter is different, and the requirements and timescales involved will vary each time. Notaries can help both individuals and companies by authenticating documents and signatures – they will examine them and sign them to prove that they are genuine. Examples include:

  • Passports
  • Powers of Attorney
  • UK university, college and professional qualifications
  • Certificates of Life
  • Letters of Consent to Travel where one parent wants to travel with children
  • Certificates of Incorporation

A Notary can also assist with arranging legalisation and apostille services for when you need a certificate to approve use of a document in another country.

How much does it cost?

The fees depend on the specific requirements, including the type of document involved, who is required to sign, how many documents and which country is involved. An estimate of the fee, or how this is to be assessed, will be provided following a discussion about your enquiry.

Get in touch

For further information about Notarial Services please email Karen Fletcher at

You can also visit for more details about Karen’s Notary Public practice.

A list of qualified Notaries can be found on the Notaries Society website.


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