On 21 August, the Law Society Gazette reported that preliminary results of a study by the Law Commission had concluded that no change in the law is necessary for electronic signatures to meet a statutory requirement for a signature on a document.  The Gazette says that nearly 2 decades after the Electronic Communications Act 2000 created a statutory basis for electronic signatures and 2 years after the Law Society and City of London Law Society issued a practice note about using them to execute commercial contracts, uncertainty still abounds about the legal status of digitally signed documents.

The Law Commission study is available at –

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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