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Welcome to Christine Charlotte Collier, a Notary Public in Plymouth
Christine C. Collier
My name is Christine Charlotte Collier I am a French national, born and bred in Brittany. I am qualified in English and French Law. I took my first degree in Law at the University of Nantes, qualifying in 1979. I have since studied English law in Leicester and Nottingham.
I came to England in November 1979 to experience life in another country and to improve my command of English. I met my husband, who is now a GP here in Plymouth, and so remained here. I resumed my law studies and graduated with a degree in English Law at Leicester in 1985.
I continued my studies to become a solicitor and qualified as such in 1986.
I took my articles at Shoosmiths and Harrison, a large provincial firm of solicitors in Northampton and Nottingham, and then worked for the City law firm Withers.
When my husband took up a post on Ascension Island, in 1990, I took this opportunity to start a family. I became the unofficial independent legal councillor for the islanders, usually in their brushes with the local police.
On returning to the UK, in 1994, we settled in Plymouth. I restarted my French legal studies and gained my Masters in French Law from the University of Sorbonne, Paris.
I set up as a single handed solicitor with a specialty in French law, advising English clients in France on French conveyancing and inheritance matters. During this time I studied for the Public Notary Diploma at the University of Cambridge, qualifying as a Notary Public in 2008.
Since 2010 I only deal with Notarial work.
I look forward to helping you in my Public Notary role.
I offer general notarial services in the preparation and witnessing of documentation for use abroad.
Below is a quick look at the types of work we may be able to assist with and some of our more common services that we provide.
If you cannot see a service that relates to the one you are after then please feel free to send any questions or enquiries to us via the contact form
I have to be satisfied as to your identity, your legal capacity, your authority and your understanding and approval of the document you will be signing in my presence. In certain instances I may require a translation. However, it is not my responsibility to give you legal advice on the content of the document. You are therefore advised to seek legal advice on the document from a legal adviser specialised in the law of the Country where the document will have effect.
I carry professional liability cover for £1,000,000 pounds which meets the level of cover specified by the Master of Faculty. I therefore limit the level of my liability to you to £1,000,000.
I can give no guarantee or warranty for the timing of delivery of documents to third parties but will use reasonable endeavours to indicate the likely timing of such delivery. I shall therefore not be liable for compensation or other cost in the event of unforeseen delays in documents reaching the receiving party or for their loss.
The relevant law which governs my relationship or contract with you is English law and it is hereby agreed that any dispute relating to my services shall be resolved exclusively by the English Court.
I have a duty to keep a written entry of the main details of my clients in my register and I also keep copies of the notarised document.
Appointments must be pre-booked either by telephone or e-mail. I usually require to see the document to be notarised before the appointment.
In some cases I can offer a fixed charge for undertaking the notarial work. If it is not possible to provide you with a fixed charge before the appointment due to the nature of the work required, you will receive an explanatory letter on my charging policy and hourly rate ahead of the appointment. You are incurred for all disbursements that I may incur on your behalf including postal disbursements, but I will not incur disbursements without agreeing them with you in the first place.
Some countries require a document to be legalised. Legalisation is the process by which the signature and seal of the notary are authenticated by the Foreign Office and/or the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which the documents is used. The certificate issued by the Foreign Office is called an Apostille and this costs Â£30.00 per document. The Foreign Office is located in Milton Keynes but a Premium Service for business users is available in London. Some countries require the Apostille from the Foreign Office and a further certificate from their own Embassy. I can assist with the Foreign Office procedure or you can do it yourself via the Foreign Office website at: www.fco.gov.uk
I am a member of the Notaries Society and my notarial practice is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury:
If you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please do not hesitate to contact me. If I am unable to resolve the matter you may then complain to the Notaries Society of which I am a member, who have a Complaints Procedure which is approved by the Faculty Office. This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute.
In that case please write (but do not enclose any original documents) with full details of your complaint to:
If you have any difficulty in making a complaint in writing, please do not hesitate to call the Notaries Society or the Faculty Office for assistance.
Finally, even if you have your complaint considered under the Notaries Society Approved Complaints Procedure, you may at the end of that procedure, of after a period of eight weeks from the date you first notified me that you were dissatisfied, make your complaint to the Legal Ombudman, if you are not happy with the result:
If you decide to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman you must refer your matter to the Legal Ombudsman within six months from the conclusion of the complaint process.
You can find more information of public notaries on the website: www.thenotariessociety.org.uk
The legal basis for our processing of personal data for the purposes described above will typically include: