Notary Public Manchester

notary public Manchester

Fee Information

The service provided by me is that of a Notary Public carrying out all permitted notarial activities including, where appropriate, arranging legalisation of documents and sending them to their final destination.  An essential part of a notary’s role is to maintain and keep records. You can view details of how I handle your data on my website  All work is carried out and instructions accepted solely on the basis of my Terms of Business which are set out on my website with other important information about my complaints procedure which I invite you to read.  Where there is conflict between my terms and your purchasing terms I will only accept instructions on the basis of my Terms of Business.  Your continuing to deal with me shall be taken as your acceptance of application of my terms.


The fee for this transaction will be notified to you by email where possible. Disbursements/legalisation fees/postage/consular agent fees/courier/travelling fees/translating costs will be additional costs. Sometimes the fee for this transaction will be based on my hourly rate of £250 subject to a minimum fee of £75, plus disbursements/VAT. The fee charged may include time spent on preliminary advice, drafting and preparation time, making and receiving telephone calls, correspondence written and received in all formats, arranging legalisation and record keeping.

Some documents require legalisation before they will be accepted for use in the receiving jurisdiction by obtaining an apostille through the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and, for some countries, additional legalisation is required through the relevant embassy or consulate. The cost of legalisation in this matter, including agent’s fees and postage to and from the legalising authority will be notified to you.. The cost of posting the documents to you/another person by signed for post/international tracked and signed for post/courier will be determined by the destination of the papers. Travelling fees will be charged at the rate of £300 per hour

My fees are subject to VAT.

Payment can be made by cash/cheque made payable to Geoffrey Smith or by bank transfer.  Payment of my fee and disbursements is due when the document has been prepared which I may retain pending payment in full.

Occasionally unforeseen or unusual issues arise during the course of the matter which may result in a revision of my fee estimate. Examples of this could include where additional documents are required to be notarised, additional translations or legalisations are needed to meet the requirements of the receiving jurisdiction, third party fees are adjusted to reflect external factors such as fuel price changes and so on. I will notify you of any changes in the fee estimate as soon as possible.

Service Information

Each notarial matter is different and the requirements will vary according to whether the client is a private individual or a company. Some of the typical key stages are likely to include:

  1. Receiving and reviewing the documents to be notarised together with any instructions you may have received
  2. Liaising with your legal advisors or other bodies to obtain the necessary documentation to deal with the document (e.g. information from Companies House or foreign registries, powers of attorney etc)
  3. Checking the identity, capacity and authority of the person who is to sign the document
  4. If a document is to be certified, checking with the issuing authorities that the document/award is genuine. In the case of academic awards, this would entail checking with the appropriate academic institutions.
  5. Meeting with the signatory to verify their identity and to ascertain that they understand what they are signing and that they are doing so of their own free will and ensuring that the document is executed correctly
  6. Drafting and affixing or endorsing a notarial certificate to the document
  7. Arranging for the legalisation of the document as appropriate
  8. Arranging for the storage of copies of all notarised documents in accordance with the requirements of the Notarial Practice Rules 2019