Jackie Watts

Jackie Watts is a Notary Public and also a complex property law specialist at Tallents Solicitors in Southwell

About Jackie

Jackie qualified as a solicitor in 2003. She is a complex property law solicitor with Tallents Solicitors. Jackie is also a Notary Public and as such, she becomes involved in much more than everyday common law.

Notary Public

As the only Notary Public in the area she provides valuable services to clients in an area that stretches from Lincoln to Nottingham.

It is important that a Notary is contacted as early on as possible as requirements vary from country to country and further authentication from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or applicable Consulate may be necessary.

If you think you may need a Notary Public, contact Jackie at Tallents in Southwell on 01636 813411 as soon as you can.

Complex property law

Jackie’s extensive legal experience means her skills are often required to solve complex property law issues, such as lost or contested title deeds, overage and clawback and adverse possession. You can read more about Jackie’s skills here.

What is a Notary Public?

Jackie explains,
A Notary is an officer of the law who holds an internationally recognised public office. The duty and function of a Notary is to prepare, attest, authenticate, verify and certify deeds and other documents, for use anywhere in the world.

Their signature and official seal renders the documents acceptable, as proof of the matter attested by them, to the judicial or other public authorities in the country where they are to be used. Although most Notaries are solicitors, a Notary does not perform the same function as a solicitor.

A solicitor acts for his client in respect of a particular transaction and anything he does for his client is confidential. A Notary is more akin to a Registrar and his duty is to record the details of whatever transaction is at hand. Those details must then be available to anyone who has a proper interest in the transaction and wishes to verify what has occurred.

What does a Notary Public do?

Jackie continues,
Clients often require notarial services when dealing with overseas matters. A Notary mainly acts as an impartial and legally trained witness to authenticate and certify the execution of documents required or intended for use outside the UK.

There are no circumstances under English law where the intervention of a Notary is required, although Notaries are also authorised to carry out conveyancing and probate work and are commissioners for oaths.

However, if there is any foreign element involved the intervention of a Notary is likely to be required.

Examples might be, to witness the signature of a Power of Attorney authorising a lawyer in a foreign jurisdiction to purchase property, verifying the validity of qualifications gained in the UK for use abroad, witnessing letters granting permission for parents to allow their children to travel abroad with other parties, verifying the identity of individuals, companies etc. and certifying that legal documents have been correctly executed in accordance with UK law (commonly required when companies set up offices abroad or wish to open Bank accounts in other jurisdictions).

Jackie Watts – Notary Public

Jackie enjoys the variety of additional work that being a Notary Public brings to her:
I do quite a mixture of work for individuals and for companies as a Notary. I witness a lot of Powers of Attorney for people who are buying property abroad and I have been asked to verify qualifications for quite a few people who are emigrating.

As far as companies are concerned, the work I do is mostly verifying company information to enable them to set up offices abroad.

There is also increasing caution over people travelling abroad with other people’s children on holiday and I have been asked to do quite a few certificates to evidence the parents’ consent.

Also, when people get married abroad they often need a Notary to verify their identity and marital status before they can go ahead.

Like most Notaries, Jackie first qualified as a solicitor and then undertook a further two year post graduate diploma to train as a Notary, based at the University of Cambridge. Once she passed the diploma, Jackie then had to provide evidence that she was a suitable person to be admitted as a Notary before she was admitted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, as a Notary is actually an official of the ecclesiastical court.

  • Andy, Just wanted to take a moment this morning to say a huge thank you for all your help, support & guidance. “We were talking about costs yesterday and I said to say you were ‘good value for money’ was not fair to you. I hope I didn’t insult you when I said this! “I simply meant that what you have done for me to this point can’t be represented in terms of a monetary value. I know we all have our mortgages to pay, but what you have done has meant so much more to me than cash. “Somehow yesterday I felt some semblance of value return to me as a wife, mother and person, after battling through this process thus far, which has been very, very difficult personally & emotionally. “Thank you at all times for your professionalism, calmness in the face of difficulties, and for holding strong for me! “We were so close yesterday to being able to draw a line under everything, and I am still hopeful that we can resolve this without further court battles, but if it comes to it I know you will help me through it all. Thank you once again.

    Ms H

    Newark, 2016

  • Dear Alistair, “Just to thank you for all you have done to help me sell the house especially in the last week or two. I am most grateful.

    Ms J.I

  • Spot on service, Jackie is amazing and so helpful. Used these solicitors for probate, buying and selling and wills. Not a bad word to say. Reasonably priced and will answer any question you may have. Would highly recommend.

    Lynn Whitten

    Southwell, October 2020

  • Jackie has given outstanding service and has worked tirelessly and relentlessly for the completion of the sale.

    Mr & Mrs C

    Southwell, May 2017

  • Thank you for all your help in our purchase, for your good advice, readiness to help and availability.

    Mr & Mrs H

    Southwell, May 2017

  • Many thanks for your excellent handling of our sale and purchase.

    Mr & Mrs N

    Southwell, May 2017

  • You were most understanding with the difficulties in getting people organised.


    Southwell, May 2017

  • Thank you so much for your help and patience in concluding the very drawn out matter!


    Southwell, May 2017