Eleanor Fogan hails from Lancashire. After reading law at Exeter, Eleanor was not attracted to the traditional professions of barrister or solicitor. She answered an advertisement aimed specifically at men and in due course qualified as a Scrivener Notary, authorised to practice as a Notary Public in the City of London, the first woman ever authorised to practice as a Notary in the City of London since the notarial profession was established in England in the 13th Century.
Eleanor retired after over 30 years of notarial practice having worked both in the City, specialising in documentation relating to the purchase and financing of ships, and in the West End of London where she assisted corporate clients with large trade mark portfolios.
Throughout Eleanor’s career, she enjoyed working for individuals needing help with personal matters. She says her hairiest moments always seemed to involve animals!
After 2 years in retirement Eleanor was offered a locum post. She realised how much she had missed the challenges of notarial practice and accepted the offer.
Eleanor’s hobbies include conchology with a particular interest in shells in art and architecture. It is therefore not surprising that she chose a mollusc, the one providing the dye for the imperial purple in antiquity, as the motif on her notarial seal.
Eleanor is proficient in notarial matters in the Spanish and French languages with the ability to communicate in Portuguese and Italian.