General Legal Services 

At Blackfriars Law we provide a walk-in service for all general legal services.

The general legal services that we offer are:


When you apply for something like a bank account or mortgage, you may be asked to provide documents that are certified as true copies of the original.

Certified documents are copies of important documents which need to be confirmed as true copies of the originals by a person authorised to do so. Our solicitors offer this service.

Copies of documents that can be certified include:

  1. passports
  2. photocard driving licences
  3. letters from a government department
  4. bank/building society or credit card statements
  5. gas, electricity or council tax bills

Witnessing documents

Our solicitorscan witness documents, verifying that the signature on the document belongs to the person who has signed it.

If you have a legal document such as a mortgage, or a Will, the chances are that you will be required to have a professional witness to attest to your signature. Generally, the person you choose to witness a document should have no financial or other interest in an agreement. A neutral third party is the best choice. A witness does not have to read the document, but they must be present when it is signed.

If you require a document to be witnessed, our solicitors can help you with this.

A statutory declaration is a formal statement made in a prescribed way affirming that something is true to the best knowledge of the Declarant, being the person making the declaration.

The statutory declaration will need to be signed in the presence of a solicitor, commissioner for oaths or a notary public. The statutory declaration would effectively satisfy some legal requirement, or regulation where perhaps no other such evidence is available.

Some examples that statutory declarations can be used for are as follows:

  1. Declarations of identity, nationality, marital status, etc. when documentary evidence is unavailable.
  2. Affirming the provenance and nature of goods for export or import.
  3. Declaration statements of originality of an item during a patent application.
  4. Company directors declaring solvency when going into voluntary liquidation If you think you need a statutory declaration please contact us

The Power of Attorney enables you (donor) to temporarily grant someone else (your attorney) to handle your legal affairs during your temporary absence. This may be useful when you are out of the country or in hospital.

A General Power of Attorney allows the donor to give legal permission to someone else to make decisions and sign documents on the donor’s behalf. It is only for use when you still have mental capacity but are not there in person.

Our dedicated team can draft general powers of attorney in emergency situations should the need arise.

If you are looking to make a general power of attorney, then contact our solicitors.

For Lasting Powers of Attorney see ‘Our Services’ page.

Deed Poll

With a Deed Poll, you can change your forenames and/or surname, add names, remove names or rearrange your existing names.  You can change your name at any time and for any reason provided it is not to deceive or defraud or to avoid an obligation.

You can change your or your child’s legal name by doing a Deed Poll. A Deed Poll is a legal document which legally binds the person who signs it to a particular course of action as detailed on the Deed Poll document. It will change all your official documents and records changed to show your new name e.g. your UK passport, driving licence, bank account, credit card, medical records etc, you will be asked to produce documentary evidence of your name change. 

A Deed Poll document is a formal statement that enables you to prove to such record holders that you have changed your name and it provides you with the required documentary evidence of the name by which you wish to be known.

A Deed Poll for a change of name contains three declarations and by executing the Deed Poll (signing, dating and having your signing witnessed) you are legally committing yourself to, abandoning the use of your former name, using your new name only at all times and requiring all persons to address you by your new name only.

Independent Legal Advice

Independent Legal Advice is a common requirement during the conveyancing process; whether it is a condition of the mortgage lender for a Joint Mortgage – Sole Proprietor mortgage or in relation to a transfer of equity where one party is being removed from the legal title.

It can often be difficult to find a local solicitor who can help provide the requisite legal advice as many see the work to be high risk.

  • Our solicitors are fully qualified to provide Independent Legal Advice and we offer:
  • Face to Face meetings to suit your circumstances
  • Flexible meeting times available
  • Fixed fee – agreed up front with no hidden extras

Our solicitors will fully explain the implications and the risks you need to be aware of.

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