Electronic signatures – issues to consider, and how the law in Jersey and Guernsey is developing

While the general principle that e-signing is as valid as wet-ink signing has been of great comfort to lawyers and their clients since the impact of Covid-19, there are certain aspects of Jersey and Guernsey legislation which could benefit from some updating.

These points have been thrown into the spotlight because of the global pandemic, which has accelerated the ongoing push towards electronic signing of documents.

Since 2000, both Jersey and Guernsey have had legislation which makes it clear that that contracts may be formed by electronic means: the Electronic Communications (Jersey) Law 2000 (as amended) in Jersey (the “Jersey Law”) and the Electronic Transactions (Guernsey) Law, 2000 (as amended) (the “Guernsey Law”) in Guernsey.

 

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Rajah AbusrewilGroup Partner*T +44 (0) 1481 748 945rajah.abusrewil@walkersglobal.com

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Jonathan HeaneyManaging PartnerT +44 (0)1534 700 786jonathan.heaney@walkersglobal.com
Dilmun LeachGroup Partner*T +44 (0) 1534 700 783dilmun.leach@walkersglobal.com
Tom FothergillSenior CounselT +44 (0) 1534 700 724tom.fothergill@walkersglobal.com

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