“Double helping” of Notaries Public puts South West law firm at top table
Leading South West law firm, Clarke Willmott, is set to become the region’s number one point of contact for clients and organisations with international dealings.
The South West office of Clarke Willmott now boasts two Notaries Public, prestigious internationally-recognised roles of which there are fewer than 50 in the entire South West peninsula and no more than 800 UK-wide.
Notaries Public are lawyers uniquely qualified to perform a range of tasks, from simple things like certifying a passport to drafting full international documents.
Importantly, notaries are recognised as being completely impartial; a vital component in international transactions.
The fact that Clarke Willmott now has two public notaries – Tim Russ and Stuart Thorne (both partners based in the firm’s South West regional office) – ensures that the South West will almost always have a notary public available for urgent assignments.
Mr Thorne, who is also head of office at Clarke Willmott in the South West, said: “A notary specialises in things like witnessing international documents and authenticating company transactions. A notary’s responsibility is to the documentation, not to the client, therefore ensuring impartiality.”
The role of Notary Public came to prominence in ancient Rome, where they recorded the trials of the Christian martyrs. The link with the church remains to this day, and Notaries Public are appointed by and answerable to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Head of Agriculture and Notary Public Tim Russ, said: “There are very few notaries in the South West and it’s unusual to have two working out of the same office. Hopefully we can help speed up international business dealings in the region,” he added.