The Land Registry has confirmed it will soon accept witnessed electronic signatures and that it is taking steps towards the use of digital signatures (qualified electronic signatures). 

It has issued draft practice guidance which sets out the basis on which it will accept electronic signatures. The guidance will be updated once it has reviewed industry feedback on the draft and is expected in the next few weeks.

The issue of ‘wet’ versus electronic signatures came to the fore during lockdown, as restrictions meant professionals, clients and witnesses could not meet in person. 

Mike Harlow, general cou...

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