Monthly Archives: January 2021


Tuesday, 5 January, 2021

At the beginning of January 2021 we are seeing a new strain of COVID that is highly infectious, strict new lockdown rules and, thankfully, the prospect of vaccinations helping us to overcome this pandemic.

I remain committed to providing notarial and legalisation services where this can be done safely and within Government guidelines. These services help people and businesses create legal documents for use overseas where travel is not possible and to comply with legal requirements.

Some notarial acts can be done remotely, for example where I am certifying a Companies House certificate. Many notarial assignments involves me physically witnessing someone sign a document. In most cases this cannot be done remotely, in part because most destination countries would not recognise it. I am offering notarial services provided that:

  • I and my household are free from COVID-19 symptoms and not isolating.
  • you confirm that you and your household are free from COVID-19 symptoms and are not isolating.
  • face coverings, hand sanitising and social distancing can be maintained.
  • Preparations can be done in advance by remote means.

I am currently seeing clients at my home in Gosforth (NE3) and not in Time Central. I will provide full details when an appointment is made. In exceptional cases I can witness documents being signed in other locations.

The Government’s Legalisation Office is currently open for the issuing of apostilles and is providing an excellent service within about a week. Many embassies and consulates are offering consular legalisation services, but this is taking longer than usual – typically two to three weeks. Some countries’ UK consulates have closed completely, for example the Chinese Consulate legalisation and visa service.

Please send me an email with your requirements and I will do my best to provide notarial and legalisation services if this is possible within Government COVID-19 regulations.