Member of the Notaries Society
Neil Oakes

The notarial profession is by far the oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales. A notary, also known as a notary public, is a qualified legal official appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

My Work as a Notary

Notaries deal principally with the certification and authentication of documents for use abroad, but will also deal with the swearing of oaths and the complex procedures that need to be observed if bills of exchange are dishonoured.

There are about 900 notaries in England and Wales—compare this to the 120,202 solicitors on the Roll in 2012 - and like many notaries I am also a practising solicitor.

My aim is to bring a fresh modern approach to my notarial practice whilst observing its ancient traditions. That is why I am introducing client information packs that can be downloaded from this website; fixed fees for some notarial procedures; new ways to pay on-line with a Paypal account; and flexible appointments to suit you and your business.

I am a member of the Notaries Society and of course my practice is fully insured. As a general notary I am able to practice throughout England and Wales, except for the City of London, which is the exclusive preserve of scrivener notaries whom one might term “the elite” of the notarial profession.


Here are some frequently asked questions:

  • What is Legalisation?
  • What is an Apostille?
  • How long will it take to have my documents notarised?
  • Why do you charge more for obtaining an Apostille?
  • What if I have a complaint?
  • How can I pay for your services?
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