Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017

227 Legal requirement that signature or seal be witnessed

(1)

A legal requirement for a signature or a seal to be witnessed is met by means of a witness’s electronic signature if,—

(a)

in the case of the witnessing of a signature, the signature to be witnessed is an electronic signature that complies with section 226; and

(b)

in the case of the witnessing of a signature or a seal, the electronic signature of the witness—

(i)

adequately identifies the witness and adequately indicates that the signature or seal has been witnessed; and

(ii)

is as reliable as is appropriate given the purpose for which, and the circumstances in which, the witness’s signature is required.

(2)

However, a legal requirement for a signature or seal to be witnessed, if that signature or seal relates to information legally required to be given to a person, is met by means of a witness’s electronic signature only if that person consents to receiving the witness’s electronic signature.

Compare: 2002 No 35 s 23