Notary Public Essex

Notary Public for Chelmsford, Essex

What is a Notary Public? 

A Notary is a qualified lawyer - a member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales. Their task it is to authenticate documents and transactions so that they can be effective in countries abroad.

The origin of notaries goes back over two thousand years to Roman times. Until 1533 notaries were appointed on papal authority by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Following the break from Rome, appointments continued to be made by the Archbishop of Canterbury - but on the authority of the Crown. The Archbishop's jurisdiction was, and is, exercised through one of the oldest of the English courts - the Court of Faculties, now physically located at the Precinct adjoining Westminster Abbey in London.

Our Notary Public, Michael Callaghan, is continuing to support clients remotely amid Covid-19. Appointments are available via video call and by telephone. For all enquiries, please contact us on 01245 228136, via email or through our contact form on site.

Our Notary service for individuals

A notary is required to independently witness and authenticate legal documents and transactions, in particular when they need to be submitted to authorities overseas.

We are able to authenticate your documents for use overseas, confirming their authenticity and ensuring that they are compliant with the requirements in the relevant jurisdiction.

Some commonly requested notarial services for individuals are:

  • Powers of attorney
  • Affidavits/Oaths
  • Statutory Declarations
  • School/College/University Certificates
  • Copy Passports
  • Written statements
  • Application forms
  • Mortgage documents
  • Property Purchases
  • Adoption documents
  • Certificates of Law
  • Change of name documents, deed polls
  • Sponsorship, visas or settlement
  • Consent documentation for children to travel abroad
  • Documents for marriages taking place abroad – single status declaration
  • Execution of documents to buy or sell property abroad

You will need to bring your passport to your appointment, or some other form of photo identification. In addition you must also bring a recent utility bill or bank statement that shows your current address.

Our Notarial work is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  We have a separate complaints procedure for Notarial work, details of which are available on request.


After a Notary has signed and sealed a document, the authorities or recipients in many countries may require the document to be legalised before it is accepted in that country.

We can advise you on whether your document will be valid just with the notarisation or whether it also needs to be legalised at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with an apostille. For countries that are a party to the Hague Convention, documents need only be legalised with the apostille in order to be accepted. For other countries, the documents also require Consular legalisation in order to be accepted.

We attend to legalisation both at the Foreign Office and Consulates using standard or priority services depending on your needs. Each consulate has different requirements and different turnaround times but we will keep you updated each step of the way.

Our fees are based on an hourly rate is £260 and the minimum fee is £60. The fee will depend on the nature, language, time constraints and use of the document.

Separate fees are charged by the Foreign Office and Consulates/ Embassies and we will inform you of the current rates when discussing your requirements.

Gepp Solicitors Specialist Notarial Service

Michael's notarial practice is seperate from the main Gepp Solicitors business and is regulated seperatley by the Master of the Faculties pursuant to the Legal Services Act 2007 through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Michael Callaghan has over 25 years experience in law. He qualified as a solicitor in 1992 having gained a degree in law from Birmingham University.  He joined Gepp Solicitors as a partner in 2012 and heads the Dispute Resolution Team specialising in all aspects of civil litigation.

Get in touch with our solicitors in Chelmsford and Colchester

If you want to find out more about the services we can offer you, please feel free to get in touch with our solicitors in Chelmsford and Colchester.

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