01 April 2020

Virtual Certainty - A Practical Guide to the Validity of E-Signatures in the UK

There has been uncertainty around the validity and legal status of electronic signatures for over 150 years and today, individuals and businesses need modern and convenient methods for entering into legally binding transactions.

With technological developments paving the way for change,  and the uncertainty of electronic signatures increasing, the Government asked the Law Commission to  address any uncertainty as to the formalities around the electronic execution of documents and ensure that the law governing these formalities is sufficiently certain and flexible to remain competitive in a post-Brexit environment.  

The Law Commission issued its report in September 2019, which the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Justice responded to by issuing a written statement earlier this month, detailing the Government’s response to the Report.

This guide was prepared by Joseph Newitt, Partner and Jenny Willcock, Senior Associate

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