Hine Downing Solicitor qualifies as Notary Public

Hine Downing solicitor Autumn Trebilcock has taken her oath to the Crown to join the select band of highly qualified specialist lawyers – the Notaries Public.

Having followed an intensive study programme with University College London, alongside her private client work with the prominent Falmouth law firm, she now represents the oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales by becoming one of just a handful of notaries in Cornwall and the only one in Falmouth.

A Notary Public is a specialist lawyer whose work is recognised internationally. Their main task is to authenticate documents and transactions so that they can be effective in countries outside of England and Wales.  As a Notary Public Autumn provides services for commercial firms engaged in international trade, and for private individuals.

“Essentially, I’m the intermediary between two countries,” she says. “I ensure that formal requirements under English law are complied with, that a document is authentic and that the person is who they say they are or that the company exists.

“The receiving country relies on my statements and acts – after which the transaction can go ahead.  As a notary I therefore facilitate the transaction: my duty is to the transaction and the recipient country.”

Notaries are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and prior to the 1534 break with the Roman Catholic Church they were appointed on the authority of the Pope.

During the years leading to qualification Autumn studied Public & Constitutional Law, The Law of Property, The Law of Contract, The Law of the European Union, Equity and the Law of Trusts, Conveyancing, The Law and Practice of Companies and Partnership and Wills, Probate and Administration. She then, through UCL, studied Roman Law as an Introduction to Civil-Law Systems, Private International Law and Notarial Practice.

“There’s no quick or easy way to become a Notary Public,” says Hine Downing partner Will Richards. “It’s an intellectually rigorous process which covers so many areas of law as well as legal systems here and across the world.

“We’ve been extremely impressed that Autumn, with Hine Downing’s full support, has put herself through the qualification process, alongside her full-time private client work, and emerged the other side to become the incredibly useful and rare legal expert that is a Notary Public.”

Autumn’s notarial practice takes her into realms as diverse as authorising consent forms for taking a child out of the country and wedding documents for couples wishing to marry abroad, to “Ship Protests” dealing with the masters of international vessels in UK ports and authenticating degree certificates for people wanting to work elsewhere in the world.

“The qualification process has been pretty intense but also fascinating,” says Autumn. “Becoming a notary public has been an aspiration of mine for many years now and the varied range of notarial work from a wide range of clients from all walks of life means that no two days will be the same.  This will complement my passion for the law generally, providing me with exposure to a worldwide profession and an insight into different countries’ requirements and different legal systems.”

For further details please contact Autumn directly on 01326 316655 or at at.notary@hinedowning.com .