Spinks Notary provides notarial services to businesses and private individuals engaged in overseas activities. We authenticate and certify documents, making them valid for use in foreign jurisdictions.
Notaries are experts in preparing all sorts of documents for use overseas.
Foreign jurisdictions routinely expect the substance of fact within documents or statements, together with the identity of the person or organisation presenting them, to be authenticated, certified or verified through 'notarisation.'
In England and Wales, notaries are appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, with delegated authority from the Queen, and are regulated by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Notaries Public represent the third and oldest branch of our legal profession and use their official signature and seal of office to authenticate and certify signatures, authority and capacity relating to documents to be used abroad.
Spinks Notary is led by Fiona Spinks, Notary Public, Solicitor and Commissioner for Oaths, a legal practitioner of 20 years’ experience.
Spinks Notary is a dedicated notarial practice, offering an efficient, contemporary service. We tailor our services to meet your bespoke requirements.
Based in South Cambridgeshire, we are conveniently placed to serve local businesses and individuals around Cambridge, Saffron Walden, London Stansted Airport, Royston and more. By prior arrangement, we can meet at your office or at the offices of Spinks Notary.
Fiona’s professional expertise is diverse. As well as practising as a solicitor and notary public, Fiona has a detailed knowledge of professional regulation, compliance and quality standards having worked with the Law Society, the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and local government.
We will do our utmost to help ensure your documents succeed in foreign legal systems and courts.
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We regularly notarise for luxury brands, security services, private and business aviation services, corporate and private businesses.
We are experienced in notarisation for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biomedical, cosmetic, intellectual property, corporate, commercial, private, retail and charity sectors.
We work closely with our clients and their teams of advisers here in the UK and abroad. Our meticulous approach has satisfied the requirements of legal systems and courts around the world.
Our corporate clients most commonly require notarisation of
As well as notarisation, your documents may require 'Apostille' and 'Legalisation'. Without these, the documents may be invalid or unenforceable (or both) once they arrive in a foreign jurisdiction.
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We can advise you on the process needed, confirming prices and an estimate of timescale in advance. We regularly lodge applications with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with the foreign Embassies and High Commissions based in London.
Some foreign jurisdictions require notarised documents to include an ‘Apostille’ certificate. These are issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (‘UK FCO’).
The UK FCO maintains a record of each notary’s signature and seal. When an application for Apostille is received, the UK FCO will check the information provided against its records. If satisfied as to authenticity, an Apostille will be issued and attached to the reverse side of the notarised documents. The standard application process can be expedited at an additional cost.
Some foreign jurisdictions require documents to be ‘legalised’ in addition to the Apostille certificate process described above. The documents are submitted to the relevant foreign Embassy or High Commission for legalisation with any additional paperwork that is needed. The fees and time it will take for a document to be legalised vary, but it can be expensive and take several weeks to conclude.
Please read your document(s) carefully. Make certain you understand their meaning and effect and, should you have queries, raise these with the lawyer/person who drew up the document as soon as possible, rather than your notary.
Please provide your notary with:
When a document is not written in English:
Please bring to your appointment: