Can a signed scanned version of a contract or deed be relied upon as opposed to the signed original?

Can a signed scanned version of a contract or deed be relied upon as opposed to the signed original?

We have assumed that the question relates to the execution of a scanned version of a contract or deed.

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Practice Notes:

• Virtual execution of documents

• Electronic signatures

• Deeds

• Executing documents—deeds and simple contracts

• Precedent: Counterparts clause

• Checklist: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—remote execution of documents resources—checklist

• Q&A: Is exchange of scanned copies (in whole or in part) sufficient for execution of an agreement in counterpart or are originals required?

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