Key takeaways from the government’s Statement:
- The government agrees with the report’s conclusion that businesses and individuals can feel confident in using e-signatures in without the need for primary legislation.
- The government accepts the report’s recommendation that an Industry Working Group should be established to consider, in particular, the security and technology of electronic signatures.
- The Industry Working Group will also be asked to consider the question of video witnessing of electronic signatures.
- In accordance with the report’s recommendation, the government will ask the Law Commission to undertake a broader review of the law of deeds. The timing for the review will however be subject to government and Law Commission priorities given the existing volume of law reform work.