If conducting business overseas or entering into contracts with non-UK customers, it is possible that lawyers or local regulations may require that a company affixes an official seal to legal documents, contracts or lease agreements. In addition, when trading overseas, an Apostille of Company Documents maybe required. This process is called Legalisation and is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine.
Foreign authorities usually require legalisation before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country. The most common reason for requiring an Apostille is that a non-UK bank or registration authority demands proof of the validity of company documents. An Apostille is a stamp or adhesive label, signed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (a UK government department), and applied to a signed legal or government document or commercial contract.
Our fee for the Apostilling of the Certificate of Incorporation, Articles of Association, and a list of current directors is £125 + vat. We have to follow a strict process of having documents first certified as authentic by a lawyer, then submitting to the Foreign Office for the Apostille certificate to be issued. The process consequently takes up to ten or fifteen working days to complete.