We review, pre-clear, notarise and register documentation relating to the sale, purchase and financing of ships such as ship mortgages, discharge, transfer of mortgages, bills of sale, new builds and construction contracts with shipyards, declarations of ownership and appointment of authorised officers at ship registries.

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We can assist ship owners, brokers, lenders and insurers with reviewing, pre-clearing, notarising and registering ship mortgages, bills of sale, powers of attorney, declaration of a change of or continued ownership and appointment of authorised officer, at various ship registries located in London.


Anytime, anywhere

We assist for claims in foreign jurisdictions where the signatories to the required documents are located in England and Wales. We can attend your offices for having the mortgages, discharge of mortgages and/or transfer of mortgages, powers of attorney executed before the notary, and we can liaise with the relevant ship registry in respect to the preclearance and registration of the same.

For the notarisation of the above-mentioned documents, we would need to confirm the identity of the signatory. If it is in relation to a company, it would be the authorised signatory, usually the director of the company.

An example of legal paperwork with spaces for a client to complete in black and white
Alexandra Rollin, Notary Public, confirming the identity of a signatory on their paperwork with their driver's license


Identifying signatories

We identify the signatories by their passport and proof of address and establish authority of the signatory to represent a company or other organisation on the basis of companies register inspections, authorised signatory lists and powers of attorney. Signatories can meet us in any of our London offices or make use of our external attendance services – the notary can travel to your office or another venue of your choice anywhere in England and Wales by prior appointment – fees to be confirmed in advance based on the postcode.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Panamanian Authority are the most commonly used registries, however we can, of course, advise and assist with other ship and shipping registries of all major flags in the world as well.

We regularly work with all the Consulates in London, and we are also members of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, Arab British Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

Our services

Notarial services


Corporate or private documents notarised by our Notaries Public; deeds, agreements, powers of attorney, copy passports, diploma degrees, marriage and birth certificates, affidavits and declarations.

Legalisation services


Legalisation at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office by means of an apostille, as well as Embassies, Consulates and High Commissions in London submitted with professional courier service.

Translation services


We provide Professional certified translations of business, accounting, legal and professional corporate or private documents from English to any foreign languages and vice versa. The languages we cover include, but not limited to Italian, Spanish, Greek, Polish, German, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese.

Shipping services


We review, pre-clear, notarise and register ship mortgages, discharge, transfer of mortgages, bills of sale, declarations of ownership and appointment of authorised officers at ship registries.

Corporate services


We can arrange corporate documents to be notarised or any other document that the director(s) or representative of the Company needs to sign. We can arrange a meeting at one of our offices in central London or one of our notaries can attend your premises for your convenience with our mobile notary service in London and beyond.

Process agent


As a process agent (agent for service of process, registered agent) we are able act as an independent party upon whom documents, notices, court and arbitration proceedings may be served on behalf of our client.

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If you have any questions regarding the apostille or legalisation process, please forward your documents to us by email to [email protected], we will then review them and advise you on the fees and timescales and if any supporting documents will be required. Alternatively, complete this form

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