A Notary, or Notary Public, can authenticate or witness most documents on behalf of an individual or a company. 

What does a Notary do?

Mark Stubberfield
Mark Stubberfield
Regional Partner & Head of Court of Protection

Foreign documents often need to be notarised so that the foreign jurisdiction can be sure that it is an original document (if they need a copy) and it acts as confirmation of your identity and that you signed the document personally (if needed).  We can arrange legalisation and consular verification where appropriate.   

The most frequent documents needing to be notarised on behalf of companies and individuals are Powers of Attorney; closely followed by making certified copies of various certificates such as

  • A certified copy of a passport
  • Certified copies of academic certificates, or Company documentation.

What is an Apostille?

An Apostille is a certificate that is attached to the notarised document by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  This acts as confirmation that the Notary is a fully qualified Notary and allows the person/organisation who received the document to check the authority of the Notary.

Some countries require additional steps to be taken once the Apostille is issued.  The document may also need to be sent to the Consulate for that country for further legalisation.  We can assist in these steps if required.


It is useful for the Notary to see any documentation in advance so they can check to see what steps need to be taken and to ensure that there are no mistakes or information missing in the document.

Whilst we try to ensure that matters are dealt with as quickly as possible, it is not always possible to arrange same day appointments although we try our best to do this where possible.  If an Apostille is needed, this can take 3 – 5 business days to be processed, although a next day service is available.

Our Notary Services 

McMillan Williams has a number of offices through London and the South and We offer a full range notary services by prior appointment at the following offices:

Call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors to arrange an appointment

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