Philip Wallace - Notary Public.

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Who can witness this document for abroad?

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Many people (and some solicitors) are not sure about this.

Most notaries are solicitors who have done additional training and two years of practice under supervision. Documents will not be acceptable abroad (or in foreign embassies or consulates in England) if witnessed by a solicitor (or anyone else, such as your doctor, bank manager). Documents are only valid abroad if signed or witnessed by a Notary. This is also true for Commonwealth countries or countries under British protection.

There are about 150,000 solicitors in England & Wales. There are about 800 Notaries.

We regularly see documents which have been returned by foreign lawyers for signature again because they have been witnessed by a solicitor or someone else. Not all lawyers abroad are aware of this. Not all UK solicitors are aware of this.

Confusion arises when documents coming from English-speaking countries say they need witnessing by a 'solicitor' or a 'commissioner for oaths'. This means a local solicitor or commissioner, but if the document is signed here your signature must be witnessed by a Notary.


Philip Wallace, Notary Public, at Anthony Gold (solicitors). Phil works from two offices.

Streatham office - Tuesdays & Thursdays  What clients say about Phil. London Bridge office - Wednesdays

The Beehive Coffee Tavern
496 Streatham High Road,
London, SW16 3QB

By Sainsbury's supermarket.
Opposite Londis petrol station.
Next to the Bull pub.


2nd Floor (Anthony Gold solicitors) The Counting House
53 Tooley Street,
London, SE1 2QN

In the Hays Galleria building.
150m from side (Tooley St) exit from London Bridge station.
Entrance opposite Charles Tyrwhitt

 Next to Sainsbury's supermarket   Beside London Bridge Station

Ring Mr Wallace direct on 07712 677475 for information or to make an appointment.







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