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Notary Public & Legalisation Services in Reading

Based at the Reading offices of Blandy & Blandy Solicitors, Friar Street Notaries provides a convenient and cost-effective notary public service, notarising and legalising your documents for use overseas.

Experienced Notary Public in Reading

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If you have dealings outside of the UK, you may require documents to be authenticated by a notary in order to be accepted by public and legal authorities in another country.

Our two qualified and highly experienced notaries, Philip D'Arcy and David Few, who are also partners and solicitors at Blandy & Blandy, provide a comprehensive range of notarial and legalisation services to both individuals and businesses of all sizes.

Offering unrivalled coverage in Reading and the surrounding area, we can provide you with a convenient and cost-effective service and are able to assist with urgent matters at very short notice. 

Do I need a Notary Public?

Generally speaking, if you have been asked to have a document certified, notarised, verified or similar for use overseas, you will require the services of a notary public rather than a solicitor. If you are unsure, please contact us and we will be happy to advise and arrange an appointment if needed.

Please see our frequently asked questions (FAQ) before doing so and note that appointments are not available at the firm's Henley-on-Thames office.

What is the Role of a Notary Public?

Notaries can examine and authenticate a wide range of documents, including those listed below, witnessing or obtaining certified copies of these. The notaries’ role, which bears many similarities to the one undertaken in Roman times, is to check for fraud, that you understand the document(s) you are signing and that you are happy to do so. A notarised document will bear the notary’s signature and official seal of office.

Legalisation Services

We can also handle legalisation requirements, whether at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or any other relevant embassy/consulate. These can be dealt with quickly using our London agent’s expedited service in cases of urgency. 

Please note that due to restrictions at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, it is not possible to obtain Legalisation or Apostilles from the UK Government by post at present and it is necessary to engage an accredited Agent to deliver and collect the documents. We have agents who can deal with this.



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What a Notary Public Can Help You With

  • Affidavits, declarations & depositions
  • Authenticating business documents, signatures & transactions
  • Certificates of incorporation
  • Certificates of life
  • Certificates of good standing for UK companies
  • Certifying & authenticating copy educational certificates/qualifications
  • Certifying copy identity documents, including driving licenses and passports
  • Certifying facts about UK companies
  • Consent for children to travel
  • Documents relating to foreign property
  • Intellectual property – assignments of overseas trademark rights
  • Legalisation services
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Witnessing & certifying signatures
  • Witnessing due execution of deeds

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Why Choose Us?


We are widely acknowledged as one of the Thames Valley’s leading providers of Notarial & Legalisation services, with conveniently located offices and two notaries public based in Reading.


Our qualified notaries share nearly 70 years’ professional experience as solicitors and 25 years as notaries public.


Listening carefully to your needs and aims, we are committed to providing you with clear, practical and effective advice, responsive and highly personal notarial and legalisation services and, crucially, value for money.


We appreciate and are proud of the excellent feedback we continue to receive from clients.


Our notarial clients can rely on our leading expertise and a full range of legal services from Blandy & Blandy LLP's specialist solicitors if needed.

Contact a Notary Public in Reading

For expert advice, please call our dedicated team in Reading on 0118 951 6800

Philip D'Arcy

Philip D'Arcy

Partner, Dispute Resolution & Notary Public

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David Few

David Few

Partner, Corporate & Commercial Law & Notary Public

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“A very helpful and invaluable notary service.”

Awards & Accreditations

The Notaries Society is the representative society for the 770 or so Notaries in England and Wales.

The Notaries Society is the representative society for the 770 or so Notaries in England and Wales.

Authorised to verify legal documents or affidavits for use as evidence in court.

Authorised to verify legal documents or affidavits for use as evidence in court.