Electronic Signature Cases – English Law

There are relatively few judicial decisions addressing the validity of electronic signatures in England and Wales. The lack of cases is likely to reflect a strong consensus that, as a general matter, a signature in electronic form is legally capable of operating as a signature. As the September 2019 Law Commission Report on Electronic Execution of Documents observed:

“An electronic signature is capable in law of being used to execute a document (including a deed) provided that (i) the person signing the document intends to authenticate the document and (ii) any formalities relating to execution of that document are satisfied.”


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