A Notary Public is a legally qualified professional who deals with the authentication of documents or attestation of signatures to documents that are usually to be used in overseas jurisdictions.

There are a limited number of Notary Publics in England & Wales and Wilkes are proud to offer clients access to this specialist service.

You may have been advised that your document also needs to be “apostilled” or “legalised”. This means that the notarial act needs to be authenticated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and depending on the country the document is for, legalised by that country’s embassy.

Please contact us in advance with any questions relating to your requirements as there will be a number of documents required in preparation for your visit.

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Notary Fees and disbursements

Wherever possible we provide a fixed fee quote based on the information provided over the telephone or by email.  We base this on an estimate of the time required by us to deal with the document.  This includes carrying out regulatory checks, obtaining translations or information required from third parties to independently verify a document.

Depending on the type of document and the country it is being used in there may be extra costs (disbursements) such as translation fees, obtaining the apostille from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and embassy legalisation.  We deal with the FCO direct but use a consular agent for all embassy work.  We can also arrange certified translations through third parties.  We can provide a quote on request for these disbursements.  Postage costs are additional.

We are able to see clients in our Shirley, Solihull office and Birmingham City Centre office.  I can also see clients at their home or office for an additional fee.   All fees are due at the point of signing or dealing with the document.


Most documents can be dealt with within 24 hours (less on request but additional fees may be charged).  This does not include the timescales of third parties such as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and embassies whose timescales can vary but estimates can be provided.  Once the document has been legalised it can either be couriered directly to its destination, returned direct or to The Wilkes Partnership office for collection.


To comply with Money Laundering regulations we have to see at least two original forms of identification.  Ideally a current passport together with evidence of address such as a bank statement or utility bill.

For information regarding our complaints procedure please click here.

We can help you

  • Execute a Power of Attorney for an overseas juristiction
  • With documents confirming existence of a UK or overseas company
  • With Board minutes/resolutions
  • With official Certificates e.g. birth, death, marriage
  • With educational/Professional qualification certificates
  • With certification of passports and other documents
  • Attest a signature to a document
  • With acknowledgement of signatures for documents for the USA
  • With Affidavits, Statutory Declarations, Oaths and Deeds
  • Take a deposition for an overseas litigation matter
  • Arrange an apostille/legalisation
  • Documents for overseas property transactions


Ann-Marie Aston, Notary Public, The Wilkes Partnership, Birmingham Solicitors Solihull
Ann-Marie Aston

Partner, Court of Protection Lead

What our clients say

  • The Wilkes Partnership is a well established Birmingham player offering Clients a credible alternative to the large national practices. The Firm’s strategy focuses particularly on owner managed businesses and on being a second supplier of specialist legal services to PLCs.

    - Legal 500

  • Many thanks to Ann-Marie for her efficient and professional services.

    - Mr C - Director of multi-national company

Business Continuity Update – COVID-19

February 2021


To our valued clients and partners,

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve we wanted to take the time to reassure you of the actions we are taking to protect our clients, colleagues and our wider communities, whilst working to maintain our services to you at this time.

Our commitment to you

We are open for business and will continue to provide you with the best service we can in the safest way possible. In line with Government guidance we will be limiting face-to-face contact as much as possible. We are able to facilitate all client appointments by either video or conference call to suit your needs.

If you have any queries please contact your usual legal advisor to discuss appointment options.

Our staff are set up and ready to respond to you as usual. We are working hard to mitigate any disruptions, and will continue to provide you with the legal service and advice you need, delivered with the high-level of service you have come to expect from Wilkes.

If you do experience a slight delay in hearing back from us, please bear with us. We will be in touch.

If you have a general enquiry please call us on 0121 233 4333 or email us at law@wilkes.co.uk or contact you usual legal advisor.

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We look forward to returning to normal, with a handshake, as soon as possible.

The Wilkes Partnership Solicitors

Birmingham – 0121 233 4333  Solihull – 0121 733 8000

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