Appleby Advocate Lisa Upham has been admitted to the Association of Guernsey Notaries Public.
For centuries, notarial acts have been recognised and accepted throughout the world. Notaries are primarily concerned with the authentication and certification of signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents for use abroad. Often a document will have been prepared by a foreign lawyer. They include powers of attorney, sworn statements, contracts, property papers and certificates of law. Notaries must therefore verify for each client their identity, legal capacity and understanding of the document as well as their authority if signing on behalf of another party such as a limited company.
Guernsey notaries are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are subject to regulation by the Master of the Faculties. All notaries in Guernsey must also be qualified advocates and must undertake further exams to qualify. A notary must also comply with additional stringent practice rules.
Lisa said: "I am delighted to qualify as a Notary Public. I would like to thank my colleagues and the team at Appleby who have supported me throughout the qualification process. I have already received my first instruction".
Appleby Guernsey Office Managing Group Partner, Jeremy Berchem, said: "Many congratulations to Lisa for qualifying as a Notary Public. This further strengthens our ability to offer a seamless service to clients undertaking multijurisdictional work."
Lisa is the Guernsey Commercial Bar Association Secretary and represents the Commercial Bar on the Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA) Technical Committee; she is also a member of the Guernsey STEP Committee.
Lisa joined Appleby in Guernsey in 2018. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000 and qualified as a Guernsey advocate in 2003. Before joining Appleby as its Senior Professional Support Lawyer in Guernsey, Lisa established a knowledge management team at another offshore legal firm.
Lisa is an experienced commercial lawyer, she was previously a senior associate advising on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters with an emphasis on corporate reorganisations, business acquisitions, financing and banking transactions. She is also a full TEP member of STEP and has extensive private client experience.