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The UK government has provided guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and advises certain groups of people to self-isolate to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Many businesses have closed their offices, staff are working from home and meetings in person to execute documents have become impossible.
This Checklist of resources sets out some of the considerations for remote execution of documents when parties are not able to meet in person because of social distancing and self-isolation as a result of coronavirus.
Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides an overview of legal considerations which may arise as a consequence of coronavirus. The toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription) that relate to these key areas of concern. The toolkit also highlights additional guidance and support materials of general relevance to each of the identified areas.
This Checklist considers remote execution from a general commercial perspective only and assumes that the agreements are subject to English law. For general information and guidance relating to execution, see: Execution—overview. For more specific guidance on execution requirements in other Practice Areas please check that Practice Area’s content.
The Law Society has also brought together a variety of established guidance in relation to virtual execution and the use of e-signatures:
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