Kerr and Company

Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths  

About Us

Alan Kerr has  over 40 years experience in practising  law. He started his Career with Rawlins Davy moving to Aldridge Myers in 1984 ,who became Lester Aldridge in 1988. He continued to practice with Lester Aldridge until qualifying as a Notary Public  opening his own Notary Practice in Millhams Street in 1995 .

Alan can provide expertise in all the aspects of non contentious law which he offers with approachability of a smaller firm and with the ability to pass on to the client the benefit of reasonable costs.



Our expertise

Kerr and Company pride ourselves on providing a friendly efficient service. We are a family run firm who offer a wide range of legal services including

  • Notarising documents for Foreign Properties including Powers of Attorney and providing an Apostille service 
  •  Conveyancing
  • Probate
  • Estate Administration
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Preparation and Administration of Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Independent Legal Advice 
  • Certifying documents including passports

What is a Notary?  

A Notary is a qualified Lawyer and member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom. The Court of Faculties appoints him by the Archbishop of Canterbury and is subject to regulation by the Court of Faculties. 

Its is Compulsory for Notaries to have an Annual Practising Certificate and are required to possess Professional Indemnity and Fidelity Bond, The Office of Notary is recognised internationally.



What does a Notary do?

A Notary is primarily concerned with the preparation and authentication of documents for use abroad. The duty and function of a Notary is to prepare, Attest, Authenticate and Certify deeds and other documents for use overseas.


What Distinguishes a Notary?

A Notary has two significant differences from that of a Solicitor .  A Notary identifies himself on documents by the use of his individual seal.

Such seals have historical origins and are regarded by most other countries as of great importance for establishing the authenticity of a document. A Notaries seal will be registered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with many foreign Embassies and Consulates. 

Procedures exist for the seal to be further authenticated, a process called Legalisation.

Arranging an appointment for Notarising documentation

Please bring with you all relevant documentation together with two forms of identification

  • Passport or Driving Licence
  • Bank Statement or Utility bill showing current address

Booking an appointment in advance is recommended

Home and Hospital visits are available if required

The Office is situated in Millhams Street which is a one-way street accessed from Christchurch High Street.