In the United Kingdom, Companies House documents are central to the legal and administrative framework governing businesses. Whether you’re incorporating a company, making important changes, or filing annual reports, ensuring the authenticity and compliance of these documents is essential. 

In the United Kingdom, a company can be registered either in England and Wales, Scotland, and or Wales.  Company registrations can be handled by:

  1. Registrar of Companies for England and Wales
  2. Registrar of Companies for Scotland
  3. Registrar of Companies for Northern Ireland

If using your Companies House document outside of the UK, you may require notarisation, apostille by the FCDO, and consular legalisation.

Our dedicated notary public services specialise in the notarisation and legalisation of Companies House documents, simplifying the process and guaranteeing legal compliance for your business needs.

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  1. What are Companies House Documents?
  2. The Importance of Notarised and Legalised Companies House Documents
  3. The Process of Notarising and Legalising Companies House Documents
  4. Trusted UK Notary Services

What are Companies House Documents?

Companies House is the UK government agency responsible for maintaining the official register of companies, including:

  • Company Incorporation Documents: These documents establish the legal existence of a company and include the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
  • Annual Accounts: Companies are required to submit annual financial statements to Companies House.
  • Annual Confirmation Statements: A snapshot of company information, including details of directors, shareholders, and share capital.
  • Change of Company Details: Documents related to changes in company structure, directors, registered office, or share structure.
  • Dissolution and Liquidation Documents: Necessary when closing a company or undergoing a winding-up process.

The Importance of Notarised and Legalised Companies House Documents

Notarised Companies House documents are of paramount importance abroad for several reasons:

  • Legal Verification: Notarisation provides legal verification of the information contained in these documents, ensuring their authenticity and accuracy.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Many regulatory authorities, financial institutions, and government agencies require notarised Companies House documents for various purposes.
  • Business Transactions: Notarised documents are often essential for business transactions, mergers, acquisitions, or changes in company structure.
  • International Use: In many cases, notarised Companies House documents may be required for international business dealings or investments involving UK companies.

The Process of Notarising and Legalising Companies House Documents

We can download most Companies House documents directly from the Companies House website and notarise the downloaded copy.

Some of these documents include:

  1. Certificate of incorporation
  2. Form IN01(ef)
  3. Memorandum of Association
  4. Articles of Association
  5. Financial statements
  6. Confirmation statements
  7. Certificate of incorporation on change of name
  8. Company snapshot

When notarising the documents, the notary can either prepare individual notarial certificates for each document or bundle multiple documents under one notarial certificate. Be aware however that if you require further legalisation, some embassies don’t accept bundled documents.

One document which cannot be downloaded from Companies House is the Certificate of Good Standing. This must be ordered directly by Companies House and will contain an original wet ink signature from the Companies House official. We can still notarise the Certificate of Good Standing once obtained.

Depending on where you will be using the Companies House documents, you may also require an apostille and/or consular legalisation.  We can handle both additional steps for you if required.

You can also order certified copies of any document filed at Companies House directly from Companies House. As these will contain wet ink signatures of the certifying official, they can be apostilled directly.  An original wet ink signed Certificate of Good Standing can be apostilled directly. Be aware, however, that some authorities internationally may also require the notarisation step even though the FCDO will not.

Trusted UK Notary Services

For a seamless and legally compliant notarisation and legalisation of Companies House documents in the United Kingdom, trust in our experienced UK Notary Public team at 

We specialise in Companies House document notarisation and legalisation, ensuring that your official records meet all necessary legal requirements and serve their intended purpose effectively. 

Contact us today to initiate the notarisation and legalisation process for Companies House documents in full compliance with UK regulations.

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