Do You Need To Prove Your Educational Certificates Abroad? Louise Can Help You.

Overseas clients – When you need assistance with notarising/legalising your educational certificate(s) – Please get in touch we can help

If you are not in England but require your educational certificates notarised and/or legalised i.e Foreign Office Apostille and/or Embassy stamps then you will be pleased to hear that it is not obligatory that we see you in person, – you will be pleased to hear that we can deal with your requirements using email and post.

The typical process would be for you to email directly to us and attach scan(s) of the certificates you require verifying and then notarising/legalising.

If you then require copies (not originals) of your certificates to be notarised/legalised then there is no need for you to send us the original certificate(s).

Once scans of the certificate(s) have been received I would be able to revert back to you at that point with a quote to carry out the work.

It is also usual for some educational institutions to require a signed consent before they will confirm to us that your document is genuine– again we can deal with this via email. We will prepare the necessary consent as an email for signing, dating and return.

The notarisation given in relation to Educational certificates, is to confirm to the foreign jurisdiction that your original certificate(s) is authentic/genuine.

The verification process and what does it entail?

The process for verifying an Educational certificate i.e your Degree/Masters certificate. Basically we contact the University to confirm that your certificate is genuine. Some Educational institutions charge a small fee to release this information to us – usually this us around £15. The timescales involved can vary in receiving verification – typically it can be around a week

Notarisation process

Once verification has been received we are then ready to certify the certificate(s) as genuine as verified and place the Notary’s stamp and seal upon the original/copy certificate. We must also state on the certificate that the educational institute is an accredited institute in England and Wales. It you are not sure whether you would require your original or copy certificate notarised then you would need to check with the end recipient as to what that require.

Legalisation process

Some countries require that the certificate(s) go through the “legalisation process”. If you are unsure as to whether you do require legalisation please do contact us and we can confirm the guidance for the particular country in question or you can check with the end user whether they require legalisation.

What is legalisation?

For some countries notarisation is not enough they also require the certificate(s) in question to go through a “legalisation” process – in a nutshell this entails submitting the certificate(s) to the Foreign Office for an “Apostille” stamp. This stamp is issued by the British Government and confirms that the Notary who has certified the document is genuine and the Apostille stamp contains a unique number which is back-checkable on the internet and relates to your specific document. The Foreign Office Apostille stamp is £30 per document.

And sometimes, in some counties even the Apostille stamp alone is not enough and the requirement is that the document should also be submitted to the country’s Embassy.

The Embassy stamp issued confirms that the Foreign Office Apostille stamp is genuine.

The fees vary from Embassy to Embassy i.e UAE currently charge £37.50 per certificate and The Peoples Republic of China charges £32 per certificate etc…

You will be pleased to note that we offer the full package – whether you require notarising and/or legalisation.

We have many years of experience in dealing with Educational certificates for clients and we make it our business to keep up to date with the requirements for all countries of the world so as to provide a top notch service for our clients. If you need assistance then do not delay, get in touch, you will not regret it.

Remember, if you require our services or if you have any queries on any of the services that we offer then please do not hesitate to email us and

Or alternatively please telephone on 0113 8160116 or 07715608747. Please also feel free to visit our website

Not All Friends Are Toxic. Surely?

Happy New Year, first of all.

Christmas is just behind us in our mirrors, and “Goodwill to All” is a motto to live up to. However – within limits –  I would suggest.

If there are any avid readers of my Blogs, they will remember my horror stories of the consequences which can follow acts of generosity – links to blogs –here- and –here-.  And for good measure, a Solicitors Tribunal case, punishing a Solicitor who did sloppy work for friends -here-

These are cases where friends have asked for free professional help and been given free help – but when things have gone badly they have viciously bitten the helping hand.

Remember the fable of Androcles and the Lion? The gist being, if you befriend a lion with a thorn in its paw by removing the thorn, salving and binding the paw and generally sorting the job then the lion will not bite you all to bits when you next meet in the arena. Instead Leo will repay you by purring and requesting tummy rubs.

The motto being – “Gratitude is the sign of Noble Souls”

All very fine and dandy, but arguably there is one thing to bear in mind about fables and fairy stories.

It is, the “not-being-true” thing.

Whilst everything went fine in the made up story, what do we expect of the lion if Androcles had mucked up? Pulled the thorn back out not noticing it was hugely barbed. Treated it with the wrong kind of salve so that the paw turned green and dropped off? Perhaps a little optimistic if you think his lion pal is going to say – “No bother Androcles, not your fault”  “Well, second thoughts, it is your fault but hey – you had a go and your heart’s in the right place.”

Anyway, one of those cases was that of Mrs Lejonvarn, an architect. Her close friends and neighbours Mr and Mrs Burgess mentioned to her in 2012 or so that they wanted to transform their garden in Highgate into something really special. Serious landscaping and structural work for which builders would have to be paid serious money.

Given that supplying architectural services is Mrs Lejonvarn’s professional skill which has taken her years to acquire and from which she earns her living, how generous of her to offer to assist and to do so FREE OF CHARGE. Is she mad, is she a Saint? It’s not as if the Burgesses had no money, or were in any kind of distress. Or were lions, with thorns.

Why do professional people fall for this time and again? I wonder –“could you just take a look at this for me?” is how it starts.

So anyway, my earlier Blogs related to the first Court hearing, when it was established by the original decision, and confirmed upon Appeal that whether or not there was any contractual obligation to do work (there wasn’t) or any money paid (there wasn’t) nevertheless Mrs Lejonvarn is required by law to “use reasonable skill and care” in respect of such work as she carried out.

Really I am surprised that Mrs Lejonvarn was even advised to contest those hearings. I should have thought the result would have been obvious. All the court was really saying, by analogy, was that if you ask your friend who is a doctor to give you free treatment and if the doctor does agree to do that, then the treatment given must be as careful and correct as it should have been within a paid contract – Doc is not entitled to be careless and thereby kill you just because his work is a “favour”.

But recently the full case has been decided. Here is the full report –Link Here –

Seven or so years after the start of all this, surprise surprise, it turns out that the Burgesses have nothing concrete or credible to say. Their grievance seems to be based upon a misconception that Mrs L had given them a fixed budget for the work – though even there they seem confused between them as to whether this was £78,000.00 or £130,000.00.

In their minds, this meant that because the actual work cost them nearly £400,000.00, therefore the overspend was entirely her fault and she should pay them £270,000.00 or so. Never mind that they sacked her in 2013 and nothing that was done to the garden after that involved her in the slightest.

Never mind that the Judge could not find a single instance in which they had satisfied him that Mrs L’s work fell short of the necessary standard of reasonable skill and care.

What the Burgesses failed to understand was that Mrs L was helping them from the kindness of her heart. Whatever she agreed to do, she did well.

But Mr and Mrs B were complaining in essence about what Mrs L had not done at all.

  • She had not micromanaged the construction work,
  • She had not acted as if she were a Building Surveyor.
  • She had not ensured that the construction was not unsafe (though no evidence was produced of any unsafety).

As the Judge had to explain to the Burgesses, if someone helps you, you are lucky. But you have no right to require or expect your friend to do anything over and above what they are willing to do. In essence, the difference between the obligations imposed by a contract, and by common law “Tort”.

And how on earth is your friend is supposed to be responsible for the cost of the work carried out after you sack her?

What the Judge heard was, in my opinion, an entirely inappropriate wail of rage from the Burgesses whose sense of grievance may have blinded them to all else.

At any rate when a Judge reviews your evidence in terms such as “offends common sense” and “wholly unsupported by the evidence” or “this claim suggests that the Claimants seek to punish the Defendant ….rather than seek fair compensation”, it is pretty clear that his concluding words will be “This Claim is Dismissed”

Of course the next argy bargy will be – who pays the extremely substantial Court costs?

There is nothing in the court report to define one way or the other the effect of all this upon Mrs Lejonvarn. Upon her mental and physical health and upon her own wealth and time. Imagine if you were she – Six years of worry and sleepless nights?

What have I learnt? Nothing I didn’t already know –

  • Clients are not all toxic by any means.
  • Charge them fairly and do your best job for them.
  • Friends are not all toxic by any means.
  • But they are friends, and not clients.
  • They can’t be both, not if you want to sleep at night.
  • Or want friends.

Or Frenz – Link to The Fall-

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