Philip Chapman Notary Public

Welcome to Philip Chapman Notary Public. Notary Public services for West Midlands with offices in Birmingham and Hagley.

What is Notary Public

Notary Services

What you need to know



What is a Notary Public?

A Notary is an officer of the law appointed by the Court of Faculties (after passing professional examinations) whose public office and duty is to authenticate and certify the execution of documents intended for use outside the UK.

Why choose us?

Philip offers a professional and responsive notarial service for individuals and businesses. A Cambridge post-graduate, Philip has over fifteen years’ experience working in international commerce for SMEs and blue-chip companies across Europe, America and the Far East. He is also a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de La Rochelle and The College of Law.

Who we serve

Our Snow Hill office in Birmingham provides notarial services predominantly to Birmingham City Centre, Edgbaston and Greater Birmingham as well as to clients who are located further afield. Our Hagley office provides notarial services to Stourbridge, Dudley, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Bromsgrove and the wider areas. Notary services are provided from our offices as well as a mobile service by arrangement.

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Notary Services

Notarial practice is a separate and distinct element of legal service in England and Wales. It cannot be provided by solicitors. Most often it concerns the attestation, authentification or verification of documents, facts or events in circumstances which involve a foreign
legal element. The form of certificate, authentication or other document or instrument prepared by a Notary is known as his “notarial act”, and may be, according to its nature and effect, either a public act or a private act.

The presence of the Notary's signature, often in combination with his unique official seal, will render the document in question, or the facts or circumstances attested by him therein as acceptable proof for the purposes of the judicial or other public authorities in the foreign country in which they are to be used.

Our notarial services include:

  • Authentication of identities and signatures to private and commercial documents
  • Preparation and execution of Powers of Attorney and other documents for use abroad
  • Taking declarations, sworn statements and affidavits for use abroad
  • Witnessing and attesting the signature of foreign wills
  • Authentication of transfers of patents and trade marks
  • Preparation of sponsorship forms for visiting foreign citizens
  • Legalisation service with the Foreign Office (“Apostille”), Foreign Embassies and Consulates
  • Certifying copy documents including passports and academic and other certificates
  • Letters consenting to minors travelling abroad
  • Bills of Exchange ‐ noting protest and general advice
  • Shipping ‐ preparation and noting of protest

The preparation and completion of notarial acts requires a very high standard of care, since they are likely to be relied upon, not only by the client but also by third parties and officials at home and abroad. The Notary has to protect against the risk of inaccuracy, error, interference, forgery, dishonesty, money laundering and fraud.

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What you need to know

In advance of our meeting
Please do not come without an appointment and do not sign any document in advance of our meeting. I will require in advance, a copy of the document(s) to be notarised, together with any correspondence or other forms of advice/requirements specified by any third parties, including foreign lawyers. I will then need sufficient time to consider the formalities which will be necessary to complete the notarial act.

Please bring original and appropriate means of your identification and your corporate (or other) authority, together with the same for each person or party who will be appearing before me in any formal capacity.

Private individuals
For private individuals this means a current valid passport or driving licence with adequate evidence of current residential address e.g. a council demand, utility bill or bank statement issued within the last three months.

For companies, this kind of information can usually be obtained, by me, direct from Companies House, however, on occasion it will be necessary for original minute books/board resolution(s) to be produced to me for inspection.

Further authentification, in the form of an “Apostille” from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and/or from the appropriate foreign consulate or embassy in England (called “Legalisation”) will often be required. Where it is, this process will involve delays and additional costs about which you will be properly informed.

Official translations of foreign language documents may be required as a condition of due notarisation. In such cases additional costs will be incurred.

Other matters
Only original certificates (as opposed to copies) will be acceptable as evidence of public records such as those of birth, marriage and death.

In the usual situation, where only direct notarial certification or authentication is required, my notarial responsibility extends only to the notarial formalities themselves. No advice will be given, nor responsibility accepted, for the drafting or effect of any documents which I have not myself prepared. Where required, you will need to obtain separate advice on these aspects.

Your personal attendance, normally at my offices, will always be required. In exceptional cases I will, of course, see you at your home, or elsewhere, but additional costs will inevitably be incurred.

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Philip Chapman’s notarial services are of highest professional standards but what makes them stand out is the thoughtful and successful way in which he draws together his proficiency and knowledge with a personal approach that enables him to provide a bespoke service. Alert to the individual requirements of his customers, he is able to give informed and thoughtful advice that tailors his services to their needs, whilst he is also able to arrange other services, such as translations, where necessary. These are invaluable qualities that ease the pressures on his customers, qualities which are enhanced by Philip Chapman’s prompt response to emails and telephone calls and by the swiftness with which he sets up mutually-convenient meetings. Having availed myself of Philip Chapman’s professional services, I have valued his advice and benefitted from his work both as a notary and as a facilitator of translations. I recommend Philip Chapman in the highest possible terms.

Dr Carl Chinn MBE

Philip is genuine and respectful. He takes time to understand the needs of his client. Philip is able to interpret the best route to take legal papers even when the brief from me, as the client, is not always 100% specific. Two recent examples being the product registration dossiers for China and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce requirements for an Apostille. He has always managed to find a quick and convenient time-slot for me despite short notice being a common factor – thank you!

Graham C. Smith
Fish 4 Dogs Ltd

Philip’s manner is entirely professional, he is incredibly customer focussed and his thoroughness and knowledge of our business is exceptional. Philip is very flexible and responsive to our needs and requests for assistance. As a company we are ever expanding and developing new legal entities across the globe. As well as acquiring many businesses over the last few years, Philip now has a full understanding of the way we work. As well as getting to know the Corporate Team from his many visits to us. This proves very satisfying for us as we have gained a respect and trust with Philip.

I have no hesitation in recommending Philip to others.

Peter Riley
SVP & Corporate CFO
Sunrise Medical Ltd

Philip is friendly, approachable, quick and efficient. He explains the process clearly and responds quickly. We recommend Philip’s services.

Claire’s Accessories UK Ltd

Philip’s knowledge and attention to detail are his great strengths. Philip’s notary experience has enabled him to give invaluable advice. Philip has a no nonsense approach to his work, meaning tasks are dealt with efficiently and economically. I have no hesitation in recommending Philip for dealing with matters in an expedient and accurate manner.

Nigel Iskander
Cam Nutra Ltd

Let me say how impressed I was with Philip’s level of professionalism in dealing with my matter, and how friendly and welcoming both Philip and his receptionist were in me coming to his offices.

Richard Allan


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Hagley Office

Easily accessible from Hagley train station, the motorway network, and with adequate car parking available.

Philip Chapman Notary Public
10 The Sidings
West Midlands

Telephone: +44 (0) 1562 886 475
Mobile: +44 (0) 7799 890 480

Birmingham Office

The nearest train station is Snow Hill station. We do not have parking, however, public parking is available at Snow Hill station and via parking meters around Colmore Row.

Philip Chapman Notary Public
Two Snowhill
B4 6GA

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 231 3035
Mobile: +44 (0) 7799 890 480

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Terms of Business

  • I act only on the basis of these Terms of Business.

  • I charge fees based on the time taken for the whole matter (including making the appointment, travelling or waiting time and the time needed to prepare the official records) at the rate of £235 plus VAT per hour. Generally speaking, it is unlikely that the fee for any transaction will be less than £140 plus VAT. In addition, third party expenses and fees will be charged such as charges of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Foreign Embassies and Consulates, any agents dealing with the legalisation of documents and special postage and courier charges. My charges are payable on presentation of an invoice which is usually at the time of our meeting. Documents may not be released until the invoice has been paid.

  • Part of the Notary’s role is to check the facts in the documents he notarises and this sometimes involves obtaining evidence or proof from sources independent of the signatory. With regard to this I will need your full cooperation. If it is necessary to add qualifications to my certificate to make it clear that there are facts which I have not been able to verify, the document may be of less benefit and no liability is accepted if this is the case. My practice is insured through a reputable insurance company details of which are available upon request.

  • In some circumstances, I may consider that I should decline or cease to act. For example, if I do not receive clear or proper instructions or if the matter on which I am instructed involves fraud or violence, or if my charges are not paid.

  • I store without charge copies of all notarial acts for as long as required by the rules. I do not always keep a full copy of your documents or identification materials but reserve the right to do so.

  • Except so far as excluded by the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, my liability for any loss, injury or damage of any nature whatever, whether direct or consequential, including (without limitation) in respect of negligence or breach of duty of care is limited to £5,000,000.00 in respect of any one claim or series of related claims.

  • My notarial practice is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury whose address is:- The Faculty Office, 1, The Sanctuary, Westminster, London , SW1P 3JT; Email; Website

  • If you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please do not hesitate to contact me. If we are unable to resolve the matter you may complain to the Notaries Society of which I am 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. 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 Tel: 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.

  • 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 me that you were dissatisfied, make your complaint direct to the Legal Ombudsman*, if you are not happy with the result:

    Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ; Tel : 0300 555 0333;; 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.

    *certain kinds of commercial entities are not eligible to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman – please refer to the Legal Ombudsman Scheme Rules or consult the Faculty Office.


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