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What is the effect of a corporate signature, particularly by a solicitor’s firm, eg where a letter is signed as ‘Firm A’ as opposed to being signed personally by a partner of that firm?

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Published on LexisPSL on 08/04/2021

The following Commercial Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is the effect of a corporate signature, particularly by a solicitor’s firm, eg where a letter is signed as ‘Firm A’ as opposed to being signed personally by a partner of that firm?

This Q&A assumes that:

  1. the question relates to the use of a signature in the context of commercial negotiations

  2. the question does not relate to inter-parties correspondence in the course of litigation

Contracts can be formed in one of three ways:

  1. orally

  2. by conduct, or

  3. ‘under hand’ (in writing)

For more information on contract formation, see: Formation and interpretation—overview.

Where a contract is required to be made in writing, it may be subject to compliance with certain formalities. For example, a contract for the sale of land, or any interest in land must comply with section 2 of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989, and must be in writing

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