Electronic signatures can be used to execute documents, including where there is a statutory requirement for a signature, the Law Commission has today confirmed. This means that, in most cases, electronic signatures can be used as 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 has found that some parties still have doubts over whether an electronic signature can be used in particular situations.
In the report, published today, the Law Commission has set out a simple statement of the law to end that uncertainty and increase confidence in the use of this technology.
Commercial and Common Law Commissioner, Stephen Lewis, said:
“Electronic signatures can offer quicker and easier transactions for businesses and consumers.
“Our report aims to provide an accessible statement of the law which makes it clear that an electronic signature can generally be used in place of a handwritten signature as long as the usual rules on signatures are met.”