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Electronic Execution of Documents
In December 2017, the Law Commission chose Electronic signatures as one of its new projects for Law Reform in the United Kingdom.
They said that the purpose of the project was to address any uncertainty surrounding the formalities and procedure for the electronic execution of documents and to assess whether the current law is “sufficiently certain and flexible to remain competitive in a post-Brexit environment”.
They also commented that the project focused on two main aspects of the electronic execution of documents:
- The use of Electronic signatures to execute documents where there is a legal requirement for it to be signed; and
- The electronic execution of deeds, including the requirements of witnessing and attestation and delivery.
The project is currently in its consultation stage. A consultation paper setting out the Law Commission’s provisional conclusions and potential options for reform is open to the public to respond.
As the project progresses this may be increasingly relevant to the parks sector. Particularly in the case of exchanging occupational or written agreements for signature, where it may not always be practical for all parties involved to be present.
Further information about the project and its progress can be found here.