Notary Public

Biscoes offer a full range of Notary Public Services in Hampshire and surrounding areas.

The main business of a notary is to verify the proper execution of documentation to be used abroad.

Notary Publics form a small independent and specialised branch of the Legal Profession, historically originated from Scribes who took notes or minutes of important events and decisions and recorded them as public or private records. These days, in England, Notaries are largely involved with the preparation, verification, certification, attestation and authentication of information, Certificates, Deeds and other documents that are intended for use in other countries and Foreign Jurisdictions.

Notarial services are likely to be required by private clients and businesses who are buying or selling property abroad or who are involved in litigation in Foreign Courts or moving overseas for work or study, and also by Companies and Organisations which are involved in importing or exporting or otherwise conducting business abroad.

Once authenticated or attested by a Notary, a Document is treated as having the force of a Court Judgement and accepted throughout most of the World.

Some countries require that additional Legalisation formalities be undertaken through verification by their Embassy or Consulate (or Chamber of Commerce / Trade Association) and others which have signed up to the Hague Convention require affixation of an Apostille by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

We can help you with:

  • Witnessing and attesting the execution and signature of documents.
  • Authenticating the execution and contents of documents.
  • Administering Oaths and Declarations.
  • Drafting Affidavits and Declarations.
  • Preparing Powers of Attorney and Sponsorship Forms.
  • Arranging and verifying translations from foreign languages into English and vice versa.
  • Verification and Certification of documents including Passports, Degree and other Examination and Qualification certificates and Criminal Record checks.
  • Preparing documents required in anticipation of marriage or consenting to children travelling abroad.
  • Obtaining Legalisation by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office of documents by Apostille including original UK birth, marriage, death and civil partnership certificates.
  • Notarising documents for use in connection with adoption or surrogacy agreements   .
  • Notarising Foreign Wills or Probate papers.
  • Notarising Bills of Exchange and other Commercial Contracts.
  • Authenticating and Certifying Company Certificates of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association or other Constitutional documentation.
  • Notarising the execution of Power of Attorney by Directors or other proper office’s on behalf of a limited company or LLP.
  • Providing Certified copies of Company Records, Appointments, Resolutions, Minutes and providing Company Certificates of Good Standing

How much will it cost?

We like to have as much detail as possible beforehand so we can be sure of the nature of the transaction, advise you of the exact requirements and provide you with a detailed quote and anticipated time scale. A simple transaction will be subject to our minimum fee for one document, currently £120.00 plus vat, but the cost varies depending on a number of factors, including:

  • The type of document to be notarised
  • The number of documents needed
  • The country for which they are intended
  • Whether an apostille is required
  • Whether the documents are for an individual or company

There are additional charges for disbursements or expenses.


The Notaries are insured under a professional indemnity policy for £1,00,000.00 (per claim)

Complaints and Regulatory Information

The notaries are regulated through the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury:

The Faculty Office, 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1 3JT

For further information or to speak to one of our experts, please get in touch