Fiona Jane Fleming
England & Wales
Are you looking for a reliable, flexible & efficient Notary Public in London?
As a Notary Public, I offer a range of services regarding the authentication of signatures, and confirmation of an individual’s authority and capacity to execute documents for use abroad.
Your legal adviser will have requested you find a notary as part of the completion process for a transaction, a purchase of property abroad, say.
You may also need the services of a notary for independent confirmation of your identity, for example to claim foreign pension entitlements or as part of a foreign probate process.
As I’m based in central London I am happy to travel anywhere in the Greater London area, so providing a convenient, reliable service, and saving you time.
As a city corporate solicitor with 25 years’ experience, qualified company secretary and legal compliance expert, I have first-hand knowledge of the types of transactions requiring notarisation, and can deal with your matter quickly and without fuss. I review the documentation and prepare my notarial act in advance of our meeting, and complete the process back at my desk, so take up as little of your time as possible.
I offer a range of notarial services:
- Witnessing signatures of deeds and documents for use outside the UK
- Authenticating documents and the information in documents
- Certifying copies of documents
- Taking affidavits, declarations and depositions for use outside the UK
- Powers of Attorney
- Documents in connection with foreign adoption and surrogacy
- Documents relating to foreign property
- Documents relating to marrying outside of the UK
- Verifying translations
- Documents in connection with evidence of identity
The list is not finite, however, and I will liaise with your foreign legal counsel to work out how best to help you and the smooth completion of your transaction.
How long does the process take?
Our meeting may take as little as 30 minutes, but in advance I will need time to review the document you want to execute, and possibly to speak to your legal adviser to make sure we meet any specific requirements.
What is an apostille?
I will check with your legal advisers if the document needs to be apostilled in addition to notarisation. The apostille confirms my identity and authority to act as a notary. It is a form of certification by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The process takes at least a day, for the premium service which costs a little more than the regular service which takes two to three days if we use a courier or up to two weeks if we use the postal service. You should expect to pay £75 plus our fees for time incurred for the premium service. The regular service is £35 and if we use a courier you will be responsible for their fees.
My lawyer tells me I need to have the document legalised, not apostilled, what do they mean?
Not all jurisdictions subscribe to the apostille process, so in those situations we need to approach the Foreign and Commonwealth office and additionally approach the consulate of the country in question. They confirm and certify the Foreign and Commonwealth office certification. Each consulate has its own procedures, and its own charging structure. I will need to confirm the timescale and the fees for you if the matter requires legalisation.
How much will the notarial cost?
I will let you know how much the matter is going to cost before I start work. I always try to work for a fixed fee, but if the work is more complicated, or you require me to attend a meeting of indefinite length, I will charge on a time basis and my rate per hour is £150. I do not charge VAT currently. If you are local to me in South West London or can travel to meet me there, my fees will be reduced, but I have a minimum charge of £100 for any one piece of work.