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.