What is a Notary Public and when might you need one?


Notaries are independent public officers who are primarily concerned with the authentication and certification of documents for use abroad.  They are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are subject to regulation by the Master of the Faculties.

A Notary’s key function will normally be to ‘notarise’ a document for a client. This requires that the notary has authenticated the document having first undertaken the required level of checks. The recipient of the document needs to be able to trust and have confidence in the authenticity of the document they receive and the Notary’s signature and seal inspires this confidence as the work of a Notary Public is recognised across the world.

Broadly speaking, the requirement for you to use a Notary Public will arise if you or your business are involved with a matter outside of the UK.  For example, if you are an individual or business with assets and/or legal interests abroad you may need to sign documents in this country and then send them overseas.

Our notarial services are provided by Sukhpal Matharoo. Sukhpal qualified as a notary almost 10 years ago from Cambridge University and has provides his services in and around London.

Sukhpal provides notarial services for both individuals and companies from across the world.

What documents do we notarise?

Sukhpal can help with all company or personal documents that need to be notarised, including the following:

  • Powers of Attorney

  • Affidavits/Oaths

  • Statutory Declarations

  • Copy Passports

  • Copy Documents

  • Written Statements

  • Application Forms

  • Education certificates

  • Mortgage Documents

  • Property Purchases

  • Company documents

  • Certificates of Incorporation

  • Memorandum and Articles of Association

  • Trademark Assignments

  • Bills of Sale

  • Maritime Bills of Sale

  • Ship Mortgages

Do you need help with obtaining an apostille or consular legalisation?

In many cases, your documents may not only require to be notarised but also legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (by way of apostille) and/or by the embassy of the country where the documents will be used. 

If your documents need to be legalised or apostilled we will be able to liaise with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the appropriate embassy or consulate on your behalf.

We appreciate that our clients often require this work to be done in a hurry or do not have the time to deal with the legalisation process. We can therefore handle all of these steps for you and can also expedite the process where required.

Benefits of using this notarial and legalisation service

  • Used to working to tight deadlines and turning documents around swiftly.

  • Happy to travel to your offices/chosen location to carry out notarial work. He can also meet you at our offices in London.  

  • A very experienced notary public who is happy to answer any questions that you may have and/or to review your documents and advise on any changes that may be required.

  • Happy to offer a fixed fee service for his work.

  • Able to provide a service that is fast, reliable and efficient. A number of his clients have been regularly using his services for many years.

  • Able to offer a streamlined service if you have a regular requirement for using notarial services to make it easier each time you need to use him.

  • Able to offer a comprehensive ‘one-stop’ service includes drafting and/or reviewing and amending documents, obtaining legalisation/apostille of documents, as well as arranging for them to be translated and couriered anywhere in the world if necessary.

  • Able to offer same day appointments (subject to his availability) or within 24/48 hours at the latest.

  • Fluent in Hindi and Punjabi as well, if you need.

  • A member of the Notaries Society.

Solicitor and Notary
Sukhpal Matharoo