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Coronavirus - Electronic signatures and COVID-19 - UK

  • United Kingdom
  • Coronavirus - Country overview
  • Technology

19-03-2020

As the world tries to navigate the challenges of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have seen a significant increase in demand for the use of electronic signatures. As businesses and public bodies implement home-working protocols (in response to government and WHO guidance) remote contract signings will become a “must-have” rather than a “nice-to-have”.

This applies to a range of business-as-usual customer contracts, supplier agreements, work orders, contracts of employment and purchase orders, as well as board minutes and even corporate re-organisations, mergers, acquisitions and disposals.

Whilst most organisations will have some experience of digital signatures (and existing licences or subscriptions for e-sign platforms) not many organisations will have well-defined policies and procedures or be familiar with the practical and legal limitations of electronic signature solutions.

Our updated briefing on electronic signatures (originally published in 2016) is designed to provide a guide to some of the key legal and practical considerations.

Please contact Craig Rogers, Rosie Wallace or your usual Eversheds Sutherland contact for further information and guidance.