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Notarial services

Notarial services including document authentication and document certification for legal documents abroad

We provide notarial services for individuals and businesses for their key documents to be used overseas. Our notary can assist you with the authentication of documents to operate abroad and the legalisation requirements of foreign countries, including apostiles.

Help with powers of attorney, affidavits, oaths, statutory declarations and apostiles


Notaries are the oldest (and least known) branch of the legal profession in the UK. They are appointed by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are regulated by the Master of the Faculties. The rules for notaries are similar to the rules that affect solicitors. The signature and seal of a notary verifies to the relevant authorities in a foreign country that the appropriate checks have been carried out and that your documents are authentic.

Our notary services include:

  • authentication and certification of documents
  • taking affidavits, oaths and statutory declarations
  • verification of documents (including copies) such as passports
  • authenticating business documents and transactions
  • execution of documents relating to the purchase or sale of property or businesses abroad
  • dealing with signature or execution of powers of attorney, and
  • assisting with paperwork for adoption of children born abroad

Whether you are based near one of our offices throughout Surrey (Cobham, Godalming or Dorking), in London, or further afield, choose Downs: your Surrey notary public.

Contact our expert notary public today.

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