elaine clayton

About me

Hi, I’m Elaine

A notary public, I offer notarial, legalisation and apostille services throughout Merseyside, Wirral and the North West of England.

Your notary public

A legal professional with a background in identity certification, conveyancing, arbitration and more, I'm a notary public, supporting clients throughout Wirral, Liverpool and beyond.

Professional, flexible and extremely well-regarded, I'm here to help you, your family and your business navigate the challenges of complex documentation.

Based in New Brighton on the Wirral Peninsula, I've spent the last 20 years working in legal services, preferring a professional yet friendly approach that's tailored to the unique requirements of each party.

What's more, thanks to oversight from the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury - the official regulator of notaries in England and Wales - you can be sure you'll be treated with integrity, independence and impartiality, receiving a prompt and proper standard of service at all times.

How can I help?

As a specialist lawyer, my principal responsibility is to attest the authenticity of legal documents for use overseas. Far from a cursory checking process, attesting requires me to carry out stringent and detailed investigations - more often than not in the client's presence - to assure myself of a document's authenticity and legal standing. Once confirmed, these documents will then be accepted by legal bodies and organisations in other countries, often without the need for additional checks, although sometimes legalisation is required.

Whilst by no means an exhaustive list, I can help both individuals and organisations, supporting them by...

  • Confirming a person's identity and/or taking declarations prior to an overseas wedding
  • Validating documentation allowing a child to travel with one parent
  • Facilitating the completion of powers of attorney
  • Dealing with documents relating to the purchase or sale of land and property abroad
  • Confirming a person's identity or proof of life
  • Oaths, affidavits and affirmations
  • Proving a company's status, certificates of good standing and who the directors are
  • Confirming the authenticity of education certificates
  • ID1, ID2 or ID5 forms for HM Land Registry in the UK

Why choose me?

A specialist notary public, I provide notarial and legalisation services to organisations and individuals throughout the North West. But why choose me over another notary?

Whilst the law (and various rules and regulations) requires that I do things in a particular way, I also appreciate that every client has different needs. That's why I'm committed to offering a high level of flexibility, working around their schedules and commitments wherever possible. Whether you need an out of hours appointments or even a home or office visit, I'll do whatever I can to support you.
Based in New Brighton on the Wirral Peninsula, I'm just a short drive (or train ride) from Liverpool, Chester, North Wales and even the borders of Lancashire. Getting to your appointment couldn't be easier.
Modern life can be extremely challenging, with busy schedules and other commitments making it difficult to find time for unforeseen appointments. Where you're struggling to fit things in, I can always visit you at your home or office.
Whilst I've spent more than 20 years working in legal services, over that time I've supported a whole host of sectors and individuals, gaining a level of experience not often found within notary publics. Thanks to this, I bring a uniquely broad perspective to my work.
Whilst some traditional law firms will offer notarial services, I take a slightly different approach to my work, providing a professional, efficient and yet warm service to clients from right across the North West.
Whilst it's not always needed, some countries will require you to have your documents legalised. I can offer this service for a small fee, with any disbursements being charged in addition. You'll be provided with a detailed breakdown of all costs and options, giving you full visibility prior to any works taking place.

Areas I cover

The very nature of notarisation means that that notary publics frequently have to be in the presence of an individual in order to confirm their identity and carry out their tasks. As a result, most notaries operate fairly locally, so as not to impose long journey times upon their clients.

Based in New Brighton on the Wirral peninsula, I'm ideally placed to support clients throughout the North West, from Liverpool and Merseyside, to the borders of Cheshire, Lancashire, Halton, North Wales and beyond.