How it works:
  • Our solicitor certifies or notarises the bankruptcy documents.
  • We can process certified copies or original documents.
  • You place an order; we do all the work.
  • The process takes 2-3 days and starts from £110.

Most court of bankruptcy and insolvency documents must be certified before being submitted for an apostille certificate.

We can return the legalised documents via DHL courier (next-day service), or you can collect them in person from our office in London.

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How the process works:  

Step one:

Ensure you have valid bankruptcy and insolvency documents that are not damaged and can be apostilled.

Step two:

Contact our office.

Please provide the following information:

  • How many documents need to be apostilled?
  • In which country will your insolvency documents be used?
  • How soon do you need the apostille?
  • How will the document(s) be delivered and returned?

When we have all the information, the team will assess your enquiry and give you a detailed quotation.

If you accept the quotation, the process of getting an apostille starts.

Step three:

Once your bankruptcy and insolvency documents have been apostilled, we will email you a scanned copy.

If you are not collecting your apostilled document from our London office – we will provide you with the DHL tracking number the courier gave.

Note that we return documents by DHL courier only. If you want to make other arrangements, please let us know.

How much does it cost?

Getting an apostille for bankruptcy and insolvency documents starts from £110. (includes solicitor fees, FCDO fees, our fees & VAT).

Other costs will depend on how many documents you have (prices are quoted per document, and a discount for multiple documents is available).

Additional cost examples are:

  • Same day or express service (+ £123)
  • UK return delivery costs (+ £20)
  • Notarisation by notary public (+ £90)
  • Embassy attestation (from £75)

How long does it take to get an apostille?

Our standard processing time for getting an apostille is 2-3 days.

Here is what 2 to 3 days mean:

  • If your documents arrive by 10 am, it will take 2 days
  • If your documents arrive after 10 am, then it will take 3 days
    (+ next-day return delivery if required)

We also offer a same-day apostille service.

If a mailing or courier service is utilised, the same day becomes a 24-hour service.

Do I have to come to your office?

No, you don’t need to attend our office in Westminster. Documents can be sent by courier or by post. We recommend using a tracked service if you send your documents by post. We return your documents in the same way.

You are, of course, welcome to drop the documents off in person. However, delivering in person requires that you have an order number. Therefore, please make sure you contact our office first.

Are there alternatives to apostilles for legalising insolvency documents in the UK?

Yes. There are other ways of legalising insolvency documents in the UK – but they do not offer the same level of legalisation as an apostille.

  • 1
    Consular legalisation is when a foreign embassy or consulate verifies the authenticity of an insolvency document. It is usually required by countries not signatories to the Hague Convention on apostilles.
  • 2
    Notarisation is sometimes required when insolvency documents are used within the UK. Notarisation can also be necessary to obtain an apostille in other countries.
  • 3

    Certified copies are certified by a solicitor to confirm that they are true copies of the original insolvency document. Certified copies are often used in legal proceedings in the UK and other countries.

Each of the above methods represents a different level of legalisation.

Can I get an apostille for UK personal and business insolvency documents?

Yes, business and personal insolvency documents can be apostilled in the UK. Common insolvency documents that may require an apostille include bankruptcy orders, debt relief orders, individual voluntary arrangements for personal insolvency, administration orders, company voluntary arrangements, and winding-up orders for businesses.

Required information for UK apostille for bankruptcy documents

  • The full name of the individual or business
  • The address of the individual or business
  • The Bankruptcy Case Number (assigned by the court)
  • The date of filing
  • The signature of the bankruptcy administrator
  • The official seal or stamp of the court where the bankruptcy case was filed
  • Any other relevant information required by the authorities in the country where the apostille will be used

By providing as much information as possible to the FCDO, you can reduce the risk that your application will be delayed or denied.

Utilising apostilled insolvency docs in non-Hague Convention countries

To use apostilled UK insolvency documents in a non-member country of the Hague Apostille Convention, you will need to observe the legalisation requirements of the country concerned.

These requirements vary from country to country but they usually involve getting your documents legalised by the country’s embassy or consulate in the UK.

  • 1
    Determine the specific legalisation requirements from the destination country’s embassy or consulate in the UK.
  • 2
    Obtain an apostille for your insolvency documents, as most non-Hague Convention countries may require it.
  • 3

    Submit apostilled documents to the embassy or consulate for validation through a certificate or stamp.

  • 4

    The validated insolvency documents will be recognised as valid in the non-member country.

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