Notarial Services Pricing
The minimum charge for dealing with a single document is normally £90 plus VAT (£108) for personal documents and £180 plus VAT for business documents. Additional documents (for example, certified copies of your passport) are typically charged at £45 plus VAT (£54) per personal document and £80 plus VAT per business document. If there are additional signatories, we charge an additional £45 plus VAT (£48) per person and £90 plus VAT for an additional business signatory.
If it is a simple matter of witnessing a document, we will usually charge a fixed fee. If there are complications or attachments or if we are required to draft a document or obtain legalisation, there will be additional charges. These may include telephone calls made or received, letters or emails sent or received, time spent in meetings, on drafting and on preparing the necessary entries in the notarial register where applicable. Our current hourly rate is £350 plus VAT (£420).
We charge £60 plus VAT (£72) for obtaining apostilles by post (which can take up to 20 business days), £100 plus VAT (£120) for obtaining them using our agents (which takes 3-4 days; plus there is an agents fee of £42) and £250 plus VAT (£300) if using the same day service.
Once we have seen any documents and any instructions sent to you about the document, we may be able to give you a firm indication or estimate of the likely charges.
Special factors which might result in an increase of the charge include complexity or novelty, the number of or importance of the documents, whether or not the work has to be done away from this office and special urgency which may require us to drop other work to deal with yours or if the work unavoidably has to be dealt with outside office hours.
As indicated above, VAT at the current rate is added to all our fees.
Payments made on your behalf (disbursements)
Legalisation fees may have to be paid to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and/or a foreign embassy. There may be translator or interpreter fees. Other payments may be required including administration, legalisation agent’s fees and travelling expenses. Your approval to these will be obtained and you are normally required to make payments in advance of any such amounts. The Foreign Office charges £30 for apostilles obtained by post and £75 for their same day service.
Invoicing and payment
Unless otherwise agreed invoices are payable in full immediately without any deduction by way of set off, counterclaim or otherwise. If an invoice is not settled within 30 days interest at the rate specified in the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 is payable from the date of invoice. We reserve the right to recover on a full indemnity basis any costs incurred in collecting overdue payments, and to retain all documents and any other items in our possession relating to any matter until invoices are paid in full.
Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd provides invoicing services to Clarkson Wright & Jakes Notaries LLP.