Notary Public Central London

I am a Notary Public based in Central London. I am based adjacent to Oxford Circus and I act for clients in the Centre of London.

Appointments can take place either at my office in Central London or at a place of your choosing. I am happy to arrange visits to clients' homes or businesses when required  and evening visits may be arranged in cases of necessity.

I offer my services to clients throughout London, including:

Central London, West End, Mayfair, Holborn, The City, Piccadilly, Kings Cross, Marble Arch, Bloomsbury, Hyde Park, Euston, Knightsbridge, Regents Park, St John's Wood, Edgware Road, Kensington, Chelsea, Soho, Westminster, Victoria, Chelsea, Pimlico, Marylebone, Paddington, South Kensington, Earls Court, Maida Vale.

As a Commercial Law Firm with associate offices across the world, we can assist clients not only with Notarising documents but with transacting business internationally. We can also arrange for documents to be professionally translated into almost any language.

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What services does a Notary Public provide?

A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or witness most documents. A Notary can also arrange legalisation or obtain Apostilles, if needed. You will often require the services of a Notary Public when you have documents which are needed to be used abroad. The Notary's signature and seal will verify to the authorities in that country that any relevant checks have been carried out and that the document has been properly signed.

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What is the difference between a Notary and a solicitor?

Notaries form a small, highly specialised branch of the legal profession, whose area of specialisation is the preparation and certification of documents so that they may be used effectively abroad.

Solicitors form by far the largest part of the legal profession. They provide advice and representation to their clients on a wide variety of legal issues, usually within the legal framework of their country of residence.

One important difference between a Notary and a solicitor is that whereas a solicitor's primary duty is to his client, the Notary's primary duty is to the transaction and the authenticity of the documents. As Notary Public's are recognised worldwide, they have to maintain absolute integrity and impartiality to maintain the standing of the Notarial profession.

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What is Legalisation or Apostille?

Many countries also require notarised documents to be legalised. Legalisation is a double check to make sure that the notaries' signature is genuine and recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Documents may also be checked by foreign embassies to make sure that the Notary's signature matches the one on their records. The requirement for this will depend on the foreign country involved. Once the authenticity of the signature is confirmed a certificate is attached, called an "Apostille".

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Documents in a foreign language

If a document requiring notarisation is in a foreign language it is usually necessary for the document to be translated by an official legal translator who will then have to sign a statutory declaration certifying that it is a true translation.

In exceptional cases the Notary may be satisfied to fix their seal of office and signature on documents in a foreign language if they are fully satisfied that the person signing is conversant with the language of the document.

As a Commercial Law Firm with associate offices across the world, we can assist clients not only with Notarising documents but with transacting business internationally. We can also arrange for documents to be professionally translated into almost any language.

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What identification does a Notary Public require?

Following the implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations 2003, notaries are now obliged to keep sufficient evidence on their files of the identity and the address of all their clients before they undertake any work.

Each person whose signature they are to certify must provide one of the following original identification documents at the time of the appointment.

In addition, they require proof of residence, which can be one of the following original documents:

When a Notary Public is acting for a corporate client, evidence of the due incorporation of the company or entity is required. This can be one of the following documents:

In addition to the above, each individual signatory will need to produce one of the identification documents mentioned above.

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What does it cost?

An early indication of the costs can usually be given in advance but so that I can establish the charges please tell me the following:

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Process Agents

Overseas parties to contracts governed by English law are often required to appoint an agent in England and Wales to accept service of legal process on their behalf, and we are able to offer a cost-effective and tailored solution for clients requiring a London Process Agent.

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Russian Section

Our Russian section offers services specifically aimed at meeting the needs of clients who are active in Russia and the CIS countries, as well as the notarial requirements of the Russian speaking community in London.

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India Section

With our Anglo-Indian qualified lawyers and affiliate offices in India we are able to help clients who are active in India, as well as delivering an efficient and cost-effective service to the Anglo-Indian business community in Central London.

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