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Mechanical signatures – are they valid?
In the recent case of Ramsey -v- Love the High Court ruled that a mechanical signature could be used on certain legal documents.
It was further ruled that the signature could be validly produced even where the machine was used by an agent, providing they had sufficient authority from the signatory.
This case will be helpful for park owners in arguing that a mechanical signature can be validly used for the signing of pitch fee review forms, park rules consultation documents, licence agreements and other documentation.
However, where a park owner authorises an agent to use the machine on their behalf it is important that they are clear about the extent of authority given. If a park owner provides an agent with unlimited authority they could find themselves bound by an agreement they did not intend to enter.
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