The Law Commission has confirmed that electronic signatures can be used to execute documents and are, in most cases, a viable alternative to handwritten ones.

Businesses and individuals are already using electronic signatures on contracts every day. But despite this frequent use, the Commission found that some parties still have doubts over whether an electronic signature can be used in particular situations.

In its report, the Law Commission sets out a simple statement of the law to end that uncertainty and increase confidence in the use of this technology. The Commission’s view is based upon legislation and court decisions which relate ...

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