Notary Public and translation services in Norfolk
I am regulated by the Master of the Faculties through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Faculty ffice issues practising certificates to all notaries public in England and Wales and I carry professional indemnity insurance to £1m. Their web site has a list of all practising notaries.
My name is Julian Gibbons and I practised as a solicitor and partner in the firm of Norton Peskett in Great Yarmouth from 1993 to 2014. After graduating with a BSc 2.1 honours degree in physics I qualified as a Solicitor in 1981, having obtained second class honours in the Law Society Part 2 exams with a distinction in Commercial Law. I qualified as a Notary Public in 2009 after the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Notarial Practice from the University of Cambridge.
I have a very good working knowledge of French, in which I can draft notarial documents and can undertake French to English legal translations. I also speak some Italian and German. Ég tala jafnvel smá íslensku (I even speak a little Icelandic!). I have been a member of the Council of the Notaries Society since 2012 and have presented education workshops on family issues and company documents at the Society's Annual Conferences in Harrogate and London. Since September 2019 I have been the Vice President of the Society. As council member I have drafted a number of guidance notes on subjects such as taking chidren from the jurisdiction and surrogacy agreements and drafted the Society's response to the 2019 Companies House consultation.
I retired as a partner of the firm in June 2014 but remain as a consultant. In November 2016 I was awarded an MA with Merit in Classical Studies by the Open University. My second year 12,000 word thesis was on the political aspects of Aristophanes' comedies. I have just completed studies for a Certificate in Translating (French to English).
In September 2019 I was appointed Recorder (Deputy Circuit Judge) sitting in civil cases on the South Eastern Circuit. I have also acted as "nominated notary" for the Faculty Office, investigating complaints of notarial misconduct.
When not working I enjoy flying a 60+ year old de Havilland Chipmunk belonging to Felthorpe Flying Group, of which I am treasurer, from Felthorpe Airfield, a local grass strip.
For many years I wrote a regular legal article for the local East Anglian magazine Places and Faces.
Some Useful Links
The Notaries Society - society to which most English and Welsh notaries belong. It also hosts a list of practising notaries in England who are members of the Society
The Faculty Office - The regulator for Notaries Public in England & Wales. Here you can check whether a notary is admitted to practise.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office - legalisation page, for information on the legalisation process
Wikipedia - page on the history of Notaries, particularly civil law notaries
Bycrofts Residential and Commercial - a Great Yarmouth based family firm of Estate Agents and Surveyors. Unlike many estate agent chains, this firm will not try and sell you financial products you don't want and send you to a solicitor 100 miles away! Great people to deal with and they conduct their business the way all professional firms used to but sadly many no longer do.
Cheesewrights - a firm of London scrivener notaries. Their page on legalisation has a very good list of the legalisation requirements of each country and the likely cost
Felthorpe Airfield - a delightful grass strip north west of Norwich airport with an impressive collection of old aircraft
Invested as Vice President at the President's Dinner The Notaries Society 2019