Many statutory forms, contracts and other documents require a signature. But there has been confusion about whether an electronic signature is as 'valid' as a wet-ink signature.
The Law Commission has been looking at this issue and their provisional conclusion is that an electronic signature is capable in general of meeting a statutory requirement for a signature. They do not consider that legislative reform is necessary, but ask whether consultees agree.
Their consultation, which specifically covers Lasting Powers of Attorney, commercial and property contracts and deeds, is open until 23 November 2018. It will be of interest to anyone working in mental health - we have previously been asked about whether MHA section papers signed electronically or by stamp are valid - and mental capacity work, as well as those working in (for instance) social housing.
Electronic execution of documents - Consultation