Notarising documents in Canary Wharf

Posted: 30th April 2014

Companies transacting business across the globe will regularly need to have important legal and commercial documents notarised. Often such documents will also have to be legalised by Apostille at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and/or at the London Consulate of the country in which they are to be used.

For these reasons easy access to a notary in London is vital for many firms based in major business districts such as Canary Wharf. A wide range of corporate documentation may require the authentication or certification of a notary in order to facilitate operations and transactions of an international nature. Speed of service and efficiency can make a huge financial and operational difference to companies, and that is why having a notary readily available can be crucial.

Meeting the Needs of Global Firms

Canary Wharf is a business hub in the capital. The area was originally one of the worlds’ busiest docks and although the docks have long since closed, the area’s importance to the London and global economies has not diminished. In recent decades the area has been reborn as a major financial centre, with many clearing and investment banks, brokerage firms, financial services providers and international law firms having offices in the area. As business continues to become increasingly globalised, there has never been a time when the services of the notary in Canary Wharf have been more vital or more in demand.

To meet the daily needs of firms, a notary in Canary Wharf will usually be able to offer a same-day appointment for clients needing the assistance of a notary in relation to documents such as powers of attorney, contracts, share transfer agreements, copies of passports, or board minutes and resolutions. A notary may also be called upon to provide notarial services in respect of tax documents, property transaction paperwork, intellectual property assignments and employee relocation matters.

Be Prepared with the Right Documentation

In order to ensure a smooth and efficient service, clients should make sure that they have the right documentation ready for their meeting with a notary. Notaries will often ask companies to email the documentation requiring notarisation to them before an appointment. The notary will need to check to the identity of the person signing and in order to do so will need to see documents such his or her passport (or other valid identity document) and some recently issued proof of his or her residential address such as an utility bill or bank statement. Where the person signing is representing a company or other legal entity, the notary will also need to carry out checks on the company or entity in question and may require evidence of the signatory’s capacity and authority to act.

If a document in a foreign language requires authentication, an English translation may often be required unless the notary and the signatory have the sufficient knowledge of the particular foreign language. Scrivener notaries and many other notaries public in London are able to deal with documents in one or more foreign languages.

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