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Italy - UK qualified solicitors and Italian qualified lawyers

List of UK qualified solicitors, and Italian qualified lawyers and translators, in Italy.

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UK qualified solicitors practising in Italy have the authority to issue or witness documents, such as certified copies of original documents, certifications of identity, power of attorney, statutory declarations and affidavits and affirmations/ oaths only where these are required to be produced in the UK (or other English-speaking or Commonwealth countries which recognises the status of the UK Solicitor. This must be checked with the requesting authority). Documents witnessed by a UK qualified solicitor will not usually be recognised or accepted by authorities in Italy.

An Italian qualified lawyer (avvocato) unlike a UK qualified solicitor or Italian notary, does NOT have the authority to certify legal documents for use in the UK or in Italy.

Italian notaries are qualified lawyers who are also appointed as public officers by the State. A notary in Italy is required by law to witness and register specific deeds and agreements such as property transfers, powers of attorney as well as supervise payments such as stamp duty. Notaries may certify Italian documents as true copies of the originals and authenticate signatures. This authentication will be recognised by any Italian authority. Some English-speaking notaries may be prepared to certify copies or witness documents in English, for use abroad.

Published 15 March 2013
Last updated 13 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated 13 April 2018
  2. Updated 10 April 2018
  3. Updated 12 March 2018
  4. Updated list of UK qualified solicitors
  5. Updated 27 Feb 2018
  6. UK qualified solicitors list updated Jan 30 2018
  7. Updated November 2017
  8. List updated 24 October 2017
  9. Lawyers and translators lists updated 24 October 2017
  10. Updated list of English speaking lawyers
  11. Updated list of solicitors.
  12. Amended list of UK qualified solicitors
  13. The list of English speaking lawyers has been updated
  14. Lists updated.
  15. Updated with an internal link to translator section
  16. Updated list of lawyers
  17. First published.