The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched an Industry Working Group (IWG) to improve the standards, reliability, and security of electronic signatures.
Established following a recommendation by the Law Commission that was welcomed by the Lord Chancellor, the group will also analyse other means of legally executing documents and address best practice in the area.
The group is chaired by Justice Fraser under the oversight of Lord Justice Birss, with the Law Commission’s Professor Sarah Green also assisting.
Moreover, the IWG, which began meeting in summer 2021, includes industry experts drawn from the legal, business, and technology sectors.
The MoJ claimed that the body intends to produce an interim report “by the end of the year”, containing the “initial thoughts and areas to be exploited further”.
This will include guidance for the use of electronic signatures, analysis of different technologies’ security and reliability, and investigations of solutions and safeguards for video-witnessing deeds.
It added: “The government sees the groups as playing an important role, alongside existing law reform projects, in ensuring the UK is a centre for legal excellence in developing the law to support and facilitate digital trade and commerce.
“The group will make recommendations for reform to government as well as provide guidance which will insist businesses and professional practitioners.”