In order to use a document issued in the United Kingdom overseas certain formalities must be undertaken. These may include consular legalisation (“legalisation” or “consularisation”) or certification by apostille in accordance with the 1961 Hague convention abolishing legalisation of the documents.
An apostille is a certificate issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirming the signature and/or seal of the official body or solicitor (notary). This procedure is accepted in an increasing number of countries around the world.
However, some countries still require official documents to be legalised and the document must in these circumstances be presented to the consulate or other diplomatic representation of the country where the document is to be used.
The legalisation process is regulated in accordance with The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961 Convention). It specifies the process through which a document issued in one country can be certified for legal purposes in the other countries and indicates the list of countries who are the parties to the 1961 Convention.
Apostille: Standard and Premium (Same Day) Service in London
Sterling & Law Associates LLP is registered with the Legislation Office as a business customer which allows us to use Premium (Same Day) Apostille Service. The document can be submitted and returned with Apostille on the same day while the standard service can take up to 5-10 working days.