Notary for Business

Facilitating your legal affairs in foreign jurisdictions

If you are setting up a business abroad or trading with another country, you’ll need to ensure that your documentation is accepted. Our Notary Public, Tom Sharkey, can prepare, certify and authenticate any relevant documents you need to be able to carry out your business affairs in foreign jurisdictions.

Our Notary service gives you peace of mind that there will be no unexpected obstacles or delays that could cost you time and money.

Get in touch with our Notary Public in Bristol

To speak to our Notary, contact Tom Sharkey or complete our online enquiry form.

Our Notary Public service

We can help facilitate a wide range of legal matters abroad, including:

  • Authenticating a wide range of legal documents for use in foreign jurisdictions
  • Administering oaths and affidavits, declarations and acknowledgements
  • Assisting with visas for working abroad
  • Assisting with sale and purchase agreements for overseas property
  • Preparing and authorising documents for use in foreign court proceedings
  • Certifying translations of official company documents
  • Preparing Certificates of Good Standing for UK companies
  • Preparing notarised copies of a UK company’s memorandum and articles of association
  • Preparing powers of attorney for company use
  • Notarising contracts for overseas trading

Notary Public FAQs

Very few solicitors are qualified Notaries, with only around 850 currently working across the UK. Unless your solicitor is a qualified Notary Public, they will not be able to prepare, authenticate or certify documents for use abroad, meaning you will need to seek out a qualified Notary.

An apostille is a stamped official certificate attached to a document by the UK government’s Legislation Office. This certificate confirms that the document has been correctly notarised by a registered Public Notary, helping to ensure that it will be accepted in foreign jurisdictions.

Before issuing the apostille certificate, the Legislation Office will check that the Notary Public who prepared the document is registered in the UK and that the signature on the document matches the one on record for them.

Not all documents to be used abroad will need an apostille, but a number of foreign governments and other organisations do require them. It is therefore essential to check this before attempting to rely on any documents abroad.

Our Notary Public can advise you on whether legalisation by apostille is required in your circumstances and take care of this for you where necessary.

This is entirely dependent on the circumstances, including the type of document, how many documents you need notarised etc. We recommend contacting our Notary Public at the earliest possible opportunity so we can advise you exactly how long the notarisation process is likely to take. Appointments are often available at short notice for urgent matters.

Our fees

Some of our Notary services can be provided on a fixed fee basis, while others may be charged at an hourly rate.

Tom Sharkey’s current hourly rate is £240 and his minimum fee is £90. He does not charge VAT. Tom can offer fixed fees in the case of straightforward matters, which can be agreed with you prior to any work being done.

If, during your appointment, the matter proves to be more complex, i.e. there are more documents or people involved than previously indicated or further stages of work are required, we reserve the right to renegotiate the fee or agree to charge the work at Tom’s hourly rate instead.

For a no obligation quote, contact Tom Sharkey or complete our online enquiry form.


You are responsible for all payments which we make on your behalf, i.e. legislation fees paid to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Companies House fees or special postage charges. These disbursements will not be incurred without first obtaining your consent.

Further information

Notarial work can usually be completed at one appointment with our Notary Public. Please be aware that the obtaining of apostilles or embassy legalisation can take up to 7-10 days, or longer for some embassies.

Notarial services can often be provided at short notice. Where matters are particularly urgent, it is possible to use consular agents to obtain apostilles/embassy legalisation, although the agents do charge a premium fee. A quotation for express legalisation can be obtained upon request.

Our notarial services are covered by the firm’s Professional Indemnity Insurance in the sum of £10m.

To speak to our Notary, contact Tom Sharkey or complete our online enquiry form.

Our Notary Public is regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.


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