Hogan Lovells

Key Dates

Law Commission report published on 4 September 2019
Law Commission's consultation on its provisional conclusions and proposals issued in August 2018


The Law Commission has concluded that electronic signatures may validly be used to execute documents, including deeds provided that:

The Law Commission has also concluded that an electronic signature is admissible in evidence in legal proceedings.

Witnessing deeds

The Law Commission's view is that the current legal requirement that a deed must be signed "in the presence of a witness" requires that the witness is physically present with the person signing the deed (rather than witnessing the signing via a video-link). This is the case even where both the signatory and the attesting witness provide their signatures electronically.

Law Commission’s recommendations

The Law Commission's recommendations include the following.

Date Accessed: 28/05/2022