John McLauchlan - Notary Public
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Terms and Conditions of Business


My work as a notary is regulated by the Faculty Office.  I am also regulated by the Legal Ombudsman.

My role and the role of a notary in England

Unless I have prepared the documents then my role is limited to ensuring that the documents are signed in accordance with the requirements of the country in which they will be used, This will include establishing your identify and also establish that you have an understanding of the documents and their effect and that you wish to be bound by them.

Legal Advice

Unless I have prepared the documents then no legal advice is given in connection with the documents supplied and you must reply upon other lawyers representing you.  I am not qualified to advise on any law other than the law of England and Wales.

Foreign language

I do not speak any foreign languages and I cannot translate foreign language documents.


My professional charges are based upon hourly rate of £150 per hour; with a minimum fee of £60.00.  I am not registered for VAT. Payment is due when the documents are signed.
I can usually give a fixed quotation once I have seen the documents.

Other payments

In addition to my charges, payments may have to be made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, foreign consulates and postal and courier companies.  These charges are in addition to my professional charges.


I am not required to keep copies of most of the documents that I deal with.  Where copies are kept then they will be retained in my register.


I carry professional insurance with a limit of £1m and this is the maximum liability that I have with you in respect of any claims for work that I carry out for you.

Where I post documents, I am not responsible for their loss, or other direct or indirect losses that you may incur, as a result of them going missing or are delayed whilst in transit.

Data Protection

The Data Protection Privacy Notice attached to these terms of business shall apply to these terms and to the services that I supply.My regulator makes occasional inspections of notaries’ records and may inspect information that I hold without notice to you.


  1.  If you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please contact me.

  2. If we are unable to resolve the matter you may then refer the matter to the Notaries Society, of which I am a member, who have a Complaints Procedure.  This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute.
  3. 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, Tel: 01604 758908
    After your complaint is considered under the Notaries Society Approved Complaints Procedure, if you are not happy with the result, you may within 6 months of the end of that procedure refer the matter to the Legal Ombudsman.

  4.  If you choose not to use the Notaries Complaints Procedure you may refer the matter to the Legal Ombudsman. PO Bo 6808 Wolverhampton WV19WJ Tel:0300 555 333, Email:

Applicable Law

The laws of England and Wales apply to these terms of business and the services that I supply.