Access to our Services

We are pleased to announce that as of Monday 18 May following the limited easing of the emergency lockdown measures we will be operating again from our main office at Bankside House, 107 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3.

Our office and switchboard will be open from 8am and we can be contacted during usual business hours on our main office number +44 (0) 20 7623 9477 or by email notary@cheeswrights.com. For urgent matters outside usual business hours please email dutynotary@cheeswrights.com.

We are determined to continue to assist our clients in these worrying times and, subject to government and health authority guidance, we are able to continue to provide notarial and related services while adapting some usual working practices and procedures.

In accordance with such guidance where possible our staff will continue to work from home, initially in addition to notaries we will have a minimum number of support staff based in our office whose role are critical for business and operational continuity.

We have carried out a risk assessment to address the risks of Covid-19 and we have taken appropriate measures to control such risk in our workplace.

Electronic Notarisation – we have provision in place for electronic signings and notarisations. This has already been successfully deployed by our firm in a number of situations and we will be very pleased to advise on the circumstances where this may be employed. For further details please contact Luis Hyde-Vaamonde (Luis.hyde@cheeswrights.com).

For the safety or our staff and other clients, we are not able to offer a face-to-face appointment in any circumstances if: (i) you have returned from abroad in the past 14 days, OR (ii) you have any of the symptoms as set out on the NHS Coronavirus website advice page https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ (e.g. a high temperature or a new, continuous cough).

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Legalisation Office, the authority which issues apostilles under the Hague Convention in the UK, has a limited legalisation service available via its office in Milton Keynes, we are therefore able to obtain apostilles but the process is currently taking about 2 days to complete. The majority of foreign embassies and consulates in London who legalise documents are closed for the moment and we are monitoring the situation closely to see when individual embassies and consulates are likely to re-open for legalisation services.

If you have a document which you need to presented abroad, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss potential alternatives to the usual legalisation procedures.

Please check our website on a regular basis for updates on this evolving situation.

18 May 2020