Documents for use in countries other than the country of execution often need to be legalised by the relevant embassy or consulate.

Legalisation of a document confirms that the signature, seal or stamp of a British public official or other accredited official on a document is genuine.

Where the document is for use in a country or territory that is party to the Hague Convention of 1961, it requires only a Foreign Office apostille (legalisation certificate) to be affixed. For other countries, the document also has to be legalised by the London consulate of the relevant country. For some countries, the document has to be presented through a Chamber of Commerce before legalisation by the consulate.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London is recognised as the world leader for the authentication of documents. Furthermore the large number of embassies, consulates and delegations in London ensures an extensive and rapid processing of the legalisation.

London Law has extensive experience of the specific and varied requirements stipulated by the various embassies, consulates and delegations. We will arrange for the correct authentication and apostilles by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or Chamber of Commerce and legalisation by the relevant government's representative office.

London Law is able to get copies of documents notarised in UK prior to apostille. For further advice contact London Law,

Prices vary with the number of documents and relevant Embassy.

Certificates of Good Standing, Duplicate Certificates of Incorporation and Certified copies of CRO documents

The service London Law provide is based on the 2 services available at Companies House - Express (within 24 hours) or Standard (5-6 working days).

Upon receiving instructions London Law can provide an email response from a visual check of Companies House data to confirm that the company is in good standing.

Providing instructions are received by 1.30pm (local time) a Certificate can be obtained by the next working day and forwarded :

  • Immediately as an attachment to an email address.
  • Post or DX for next working day delivery of the Hard Copy

(If instructions are received after 1.30pm please add an additional working day)
(Certified copies often take a day longer as they are processed in Cardiff)

If a regular service is required then the reply from Companies House is 5-6 days. We will send the Hard Copy by post or DX as before for overnight delivery.

We can then, if necessary, arrange for the Certificate to legalised and apostilled as detailed above.


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