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Check your Email Signatures! 30 March 2020


  • The High Court decides that an email footer can be a ‘signature’ creating a binding contract for sale of land.
  • Its decision coincides with a Law Commission report recognising the legal effect of electronic execution of documents.
  • The test is whether the ‘signature’ was inserted with the intention of authenticating the document.


First published in LexisNexis New Law Journal on 13 March 2020. 

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