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What is a Notary?

A Notary is a qualified legal professional who has been appointed by the Faculty Office under the authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury, enabling them to certify identify and authenticate documents.

Notaries are subject to strict examinations and scrutiny to ensure that they are suitable for this unique and trusted position of responsibility.

What do Notaries do?

Notaries are granted the authority to confirm a range of documentation. This includes undertakings such as:

  • Certifying identity.
  • Certifying copy documents such as educational and professional qualifications for use abroad.
  • Assist with international business transactions.
  • Witness and legalise when required foreign powers of attorney, affidavits, Court and commercial and property documents.
  • Authenticate documents for use abroad.
  • Authenticate translations of documents translated by certified translators.
  • Protest bills of exchange.
  • Deal with Ship protests.
  • Executing documents for use in Scotland.
  • Deal with the legalisation of documents through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the relevant UK Embassy or Consular Office.

What should I bring to my appointment with a Notary?

It’s important that you bring positive identification with you to your appointment, this includes:

  • Your up to date passport
  • A full current drivers licence
  • Proof of your UK address, such as your utility bill, council tax bill or correspondence from your bank or building society, showing your details

How much does a Notary cost?

Straightforward matters are usually completed for a minimum fee of £125.00 plus VAT and expenses.

Expenses can include photocopying, legalisation and apostille fees, courier and special postal expenses for delivery of documents abroad.

Our offices accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card at the appointment or on receipt of an invoice.

What our Notary Services clients say

“If you visit Langleys you cannot but be impressed by its office and the courtesy shown by everyone.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“The lawyers were efficient, professional and dealt with everything in a timely manner.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

Notary Services accreditations

  • The Notary Society

How can we help?

Wherever you are, whatever your requirements, we’re here to help. Please complete the enquiry form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

Langleys will only use the information you provide to contact you in relation to your enquiry.