Clients have recently asked us whether electronic signatures are legally binding in contracts. The good news: yes, they are


The Law Commission has confirmed that provided that the person signing intends to authenticate the document and provided that any relevant formalities, such as the signature being witnessed, are satisfied then there should be no difference between a handwritten signature and an electronic signature.

This means that a typed name, clicking an accept button on a website, signing a touchscreen, or any equivalent electronic signature can be valid.

We encourage clients to consider whether electronic signatures might be right for them for quicker and more convenient transactions.

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