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David Anthony Tandy is a Notary Public, duly sworn and admitted with permanent faculty, by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the 9th October 1985.

David is a member of the Notaries Society.

Q. What exactly is a Notary?

A. Briefly, a Notary is an international commissioner for oaths, whose signature and seal are recognised throughout the world, and whose services in this respect are usually needed only where there is a foreign element to your requirements.

When will I need a Notary?

Clients will often require the services of a Notary Public when dealing with overseas matters such as businesses or properties abroad or involvement in litigation in foreign courts.

Legal documents for most countries when signed outside the jurisdiction usually have to be notarised. A Notary generally acts as a legally trained impartial witness to authenticate and certify the execution of documents required or intended for use outside of the UK.

David is one of a very small number in Cornwall able to offer the services of a Notary Public. It is our aim to provide notarial services of the highest standard to both business and private communities throughout the South West. He understand that time is very often of the essence when the services of a notary are required and so he will endeavour to provide you with an efficient and friendly service.

David has advised and assisted both commercial and private clients on all aspects of notarial work. He can help you with all your legal documentation requirements for any country in the world including:

  • Attesting the execution of documents
  • Verifying the authenticity of signatures
  • Preparing powers of attorney for use overseas
  • Providing certificates certifying the genuineness of copy documents, signatures and execution of documents
  • Taking declarations, affidavits, oaths and acknowledgments
  • To certify identity – birth certificates/passports/marriage certificates In connection with international business transactions
  • Purchasing of property abroad
  • Dispute resolution and the recording of private and commercial agreements
  • Witnessing and attesting events and transactions
  • When adopting children - Notarising medical reports and police reports for use in connection with adoption
  • In connection with travel documentation and work permits etc
  • Dealing with foreign wills and probates
  • Arranging and verifying translations from foreign documents to English and vice versa
  • The provision of Notarial copies
  • Authenticating the contents of documents Certifying examination certificates
  • To sponsor relatives from abroad
  • Apostilising documents with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

CostsPublic Notary - Costs

It is often difficult to calculate the final cost of Notarial services. Much depends on the time spent by David on the case and upon the requirements of the law applying in the country for which the client requires Notarial services.

David's general charging rate for his work is £195.00 per hour.

In many cases such as a simple verification of a passport or document, he can do the work for as little as £95.00 per document verified and sealed, including the entry of the transaction in his compulsory journal. This would cover a single session of about 30 minutes provided there are no further requirements of the country concerned.

When matters are more complicated, or for instance are of a substantial commercial nature, Mr Tandy will charge £195.00 per hour for his work done, the calculation of which is dealt with by the use of time sheets programmed into the Notarial account for each individual client for time spent on meetings, telephone calls, preparation of documents and letters and travelling. The time would include the meeting where he deals with the Notarial documents, the necessity for him to write his Notarial acts into a handwritten journal, and after that, correspondence with the Foreign and Commonwealth office, Embassies and Consulates, and lawyers and agents aboard. If the case requires the recognition of his name and a certificate from the Foreign and Commonwealth office (called the Apostille) or if he has to register your Notarial business with an Embassy or Consulate, these bodies, charge their own scale fees for registering your Notarial documents.

When you see David, by all means please ask him to let you have an estimate of the costs of your case, and of the payments you will have to make to the Foreign and Commonwealth office, or to the Consulates or the Embassies.

David is entitled to retain Notarial documents, until his fees are paid. He also reserves the right to charge interest on bills and funds outstanding from the time of the account, to the time of payment at the rate of simple interest of 4% per annum over Lloyds Bank Plc base rate from time to time.

David also has to comply with English money laundering requirements therefore you will need to bring your passport and/or other documents to prove your identity and address. Please contact us for clarificiation before your visit.

xxComplaints Procedure

  1. If you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please do not hesitate to contact Mr Tandy.
  2. Notarial practice is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury: The Faculty Office, 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW10 3JT. Telephone 020 7222 5381 Email: Website:
  3. If we are unable to resolve the matter you may then complain to the Notaries Society of which Mr Tandy is a member, who have a Complaints Procedure which is approved by the Faculty Office. This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute.
  4. In that case please write (but do not enclose any original documents) with full details of your complaint to:- The Secretary of The Notaries Society, Old Church Chambers, 23 Sandhill Road, St James, Northampton, NN5 5LH Email: 01604 758908 If you have any difficulty in making a complaint in writing please do not hesitate to call the Notaries Society/the Faculty Office for assistance.
  5. Finally, even if you have your complaint considered under the Notaries Society Approved Complaints Procedure, you may at the end of that procedure, or after a period of eight weeks from the date you first notified Mr Tandy that you were dissatisfied, make your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, if you are not happy with the result: Legal Ombudsman, Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2ND. Tel: 0300 5550333 Email: Website:
  6. If you decide to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman you must refer your matter to the Legal Ombudsman within six months from the conclusion of the complaint process.


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