Nick Dearing, a solicitor with Burnley-based DRN, has completed the challenging process to qualify as a notary public, an internationally recognised public office.
With fewer than 850 notaries in England and Wales, Nick will join a small group of specialists, having completed the demanding two year course, run by University College London.
He has applied to be admitted as a notary to the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose office is responsible for the notarial profession in England and Wales, and expects that to be completed in the near future.
DRN said: “Having notary public within our ranks will allow us to further expand our breadth of services at an exciting time for the business, having recently opened up an additional office in Ramsbottom.
“Having access to a notary public is crucial for businesses operating internationally and we are delighted to now be able to service our international clients on a broader scale. A notary public can legalise documents for use in international trade such as Certificates of Incorporation, Articles of Association and Certificates of Good Standing.”
Nick can now certify these documents for clients and arrange for these to be legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the relevant embassies-all of whom will recognise the notary public qualification.
A notary public can also verify the legitimacy of businesses going for international tenders.