Chris Langridge - Notary Public

07971 149310


Welcome to South East Notary Services

  • I provide a full range of notarial services for both private individuals and businesses.

  • I mainly support clients in the South East of England including London, Kent and East Sussex and particularly the Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Crowborough, Heathfield, Uckfield and surrounding areas.

  •  I am able to notarise documents signed in England for use abroad.

  • I understand you may often require a document to be notarised urgently and I can arrange an appointment at short notice.

  • My service is fast, reliable and efficient.  I am used to working to tight deadlines.

  • I can visit you at your home or office if required.

  • Where needed I can arrange legalisation by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to obtain an Apostille and if necessary embassy or consular verification.


For Individuals

I can notarise all types of documents for private clients for use in foreign countries.

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For Businesses

I can notarise all types of documents for all forms of businesses for use in foreign countries.

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Home and Office Appointments

I can visit you at your home or office although an additional charge may apply.

Legalisation Services

When a document is notarised in the United Kingdom for use in another country, a further formality known as 'legalisation', 'consularisation' or obtaining an 'Apostille' may be required. Legalisation is the process by which my signature and seal are authenticated by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and sometimes the Embassy or Consulate in the UK of the country where the document is to be used.

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Chris Langridge

Chris Langridge

Notary Public

Chris has been a Notary Public for more than 20 years and is fully experienced in notarial matters. Prior to setting up South East Notary Services Chris practised as a solicitor and Notary Public at Cripps LLP in Tunbridge Wells for more than 30 years. Chris is a member of the Notaries Society.



Please telephone me for a fixed price or estimate for the work.

I work on a time basis.

It is helpful if you can mail me a copy of the documentation to be notarised and any specific instructions you have received in advance of our meeting.

Fixed fees

Wherever possible I give a fixed price. This is not always possible due to the variable nature of what is needed.


If it is not possible to provide you with a fixed fee then I can provide you with my best estimate of the likely charges.

Third party costs

In addition to my fees you are responsible for reimbursing any expenses, charges and fees I pay to others on your behalf. These include, for example, legalisation charges to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Embassies and Consulates.

If you would like documents to be sent by courier or special, recorded or other guaranteed delivery then I can arrange this and invoice you for the costs incurred.


I am not registered for VAT.


  • cheque
  • cash
  • BACS transfer
I am currently unable to accept payment by credit or debit cards

Appointments and ID


You will need to attend in person where documentation is to be signed in my presence.

Please telephone or email me to arrange an appointment.


Private clients

As a notary I am required to satisfy myself as to the identity of clients. Please ensure you bring to the appointment:
  • 1 original document with your photo proving your identity (such as your current passport or photo driving licence);  and
  • 1 original document showing your current address which is less than three months old (such as a utility bill or bank statement) .

Business clients 

In addition to the above, for each individual signatory I will also need to identify the company and the authority given to the signatory to sign the specific documentation (such as a board resolution).


To enable me to advise you correctly and ensure any relevant procedures are followed it is helpful if you can email me a copy of the documentation and any specific instructions you have received before we meet.

Appointments and ID


  • Browcroft , Church Road, Rotherfield, Crowborough TN6 3LA, UK


A Notary Public is a qualified lawyer. Notaries are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The main role of a Notary is the witnessing of signatures to documents, preparing and certifying copies of documents and the authentication of documents.

Often documents may have been prepared by a foreign lawyer for signature in the UK.

Notarised documents may then be used outside the UK.

Notaries must be fully insured and maintain fidelity cover for the protection of their clients and the public.
Some documents may clearly state that your signature must be witnessed by a Notary Public.

For centuries, Notarial acts have been recognised and accepted throughout the world. Anyone with business abroad may rely on a Notary to provide acceptable documentation quickly and at a reasonable cost.

If you are not sure if the document must be witnessed by a Notary Public please seek guidance from the person requesting or who issued the document.
If your document states that is must be 'notarised' this means that you must sign the document in front of a Notary Public.

As a Notary Public for each person signing a document I must verify their identity, legal capacity and understanding of the document as well as their authority if signing on behalf of another party such as a limited company.
UK documents that have been signed by a Notary can be ‘legalised’ by the Legalisation Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. They do this by attaching a certificate to the document which is known as an Apostille.

You might need to do this if someone in another country has asked you to provide a UK document and they have said it must be legalised or have an Apostille.

Attaching the Apostille authenticates the validity of my signature, stamp and seal and that I am a Notary Public.

The Apostille is widely recognised by countries that are members of the Hague Convention.
Some countries who are not members of the Hague Convention require notarised documents to be legalised by their Consul or Embassy in the UK.  

Many of these countries require legalisation first by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the attaching of an Apostille.
The easiest thing to do is ring me on 07971 149310 - I will do my best to help


South East Notary Services is the trading name of South East Notary Services Limited a limited liability company registered in England and Wales with registered number 11616709 and with its registered office at Browcroft, Church Road, Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Director: C J Langridge, Notary Public.

South East Notary Services Limited and Christopher Langridge are regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3 JT  - telephone 020 722 2 5381


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