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.


Working despite the virus

Despite the COVID-19 virus I am still able to notarise documents for clients, though it's not quite "business as usual."  I work from home, so I can be quite flexible. I am taking the unusual step of meeting with clients outdoors in my garden. We must practice social distancing and observe the 2-metre rule. You will be asked to wash/sanitise your hands when you arrive. Please bring your own pen. Please wear a face-covering or mask. You must inform me before the meeting if you have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last seven days, or if you have been in close contact with anyone during the last 14 days who has since tested positive for the virus or who has experienced symptoms of the virus. Once you have signed your document(s) you will have to wait in your car whilst I finish processing it/them. I will then bring it/them out to you. I have been operating this system very successfully for the last 10 months and whilst it's not ideal, particularly when it's cold and wet, at least clients are able to transact their urgent business.

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