International Law

  • Legalisation services – what is an Apostille?

    An Apostille is a certificate issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (‘FCO’) confirming the signature and seal of the Solicitor, in accordance with The Hague Convention dealing international legal matters. The FCO now only operate a postal service to obtain an Apostille, which can take a few weeks for them to process, but are open to professional users. This usually takes 4 to 5 days.

    Our fees for our Express Apostille service are £170 (including the FCO Apostille fee of £75, and courier fee to/from FCO).

    What does it cost?

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office charge £30 to affix an Apostille to a document. Their postal service usually takes 2 to 3 weeks. We can arrange this for you for a fee of £90 per document (including the FCO fee of £30, and courier fees), and this usually takes 4 to 5 days.

    If you additionally require consular legalisation from a specific embassy, we can arrange this for you. Please let us know in advance and we can obtain a fee quote from our courier agent.

  • Powers of Attorney for worldwide use (we can also draft Powers of Attorney, if required)

    You would normally get the document drawn up by your lawyer in the relevant overseas jurisdiction, and this is what we recommend.

    We cannot generally advise on overseas law. If you require us to prepare the Power of Attorney for your use then we will do so and prepare a standard form document for you, but this is fully at your own risk.
    If the document is then unacceptable to the receiving jurisdiction then you will of course incur additional expense, as well as delay, in asking either us, or an overseas lawyer to draw up the document, so it is best to get it right the first time.

    We often draw up Powers of Attorney for Commonwealth (or former Commonwealth) countries, and an English Power of Attorney is accepted. We do these mostly for the Indian and Pakistani Jurisdiction.

    If you require us to do this for you, then we require the following information from you:

    • The full name and address of the person giving the Power (i.e. the Donor);
    • The full name and address of the person to act on the Donor’s behalf (i.e. the Attorney);
    • The full name of the father of the Donor;
    • The full name of the father of the Attorney;
    • The address of the land/property;
    • What ‘transaction’ needs to be dealt with;
    • A passport photo for each Donor.
  • Indian / Pakistani Powers of Attorney

    We would recommend that you bring a passport sized photograph for each Donor, as Indian/Pakistani authorities generally like to see these affixed to the Power of Attorney.

    Statutory Declarations and Affidavits

    A statutory declaration is a legal document, and is commonly used to allow a person to affirm something to be true for the purposes of satisfying a legal requirement or regulation, where no other evidence is available.

    An affidavit is very similar, but it is a sworn document, and is often used for matters to do with court.

    We can prepare the statutory declaration or affidavit for you. Our fees for the preparation of this type of formal legal document range between £80 and £150, depending on what is required.

    You will need to let us know what guidance you have been provided with, and email to us the detail of the content of the document, and we can then prepare the document in legal form.

  • Sponsorship Declarations

    Sponsorship Declarations no longer (for several years now) need to have a notarial signature and seal, and can be attested by a qualified Solicitor. Our Solicitors charge £5 (cash fee) for dealing with this for you. The document needs to be fully completed beforehand, but you must not sign it until you see the Solicitor. The Solicitor will not check anything, but just require you to certify that the details you have given are correct and sign the document.

    We may need to see the following original documents:

    • Passport
    • UK driving licence to confirm address (or original and recent (i.e. less than 3 months old) utility bill or bank statement with name and address
    • Evidence of occupation stated – i.e. one or more of payslip, employment contract, pension book, accounts – which states occupation
    • Evidence of earnings stated – i.e. one or more of payslip, employment contract, pension book, accounts, tax return, letter from accountant – which verifies earnings figure stated
    • Bank statement from relevant bank verifying figure stated
    • Title deeds verifying ownership of property – these can be downloaded from the Land Registry for £3
  • Commissioner For Oaths

    Fixed Fee Oaths, Affidavits and Statutory Declarations. We act as Commissioners for Oaths and we can act as a required legal witness for the swearing of an Oath at the fixed fee of £ 5 and just £2 per exhibit (per person). Oaths and Affidavits are legal documents that are required for court proceedings or as part of probate and other civil procedures. An exhibit is a document or item referred to in the Oath, Affidavit or Statutory Declaration