One of the key concerns people have when switching to e-signatures is whether they have the same legal certainty as a paper and ink signature. Ensuring e-signed documents are legally enforceable in a court of law is critical, as no company wants to see its documents disputed.
Today we are continuing our series on how different industries benefit from e-signatures. This time the legal sector is our focus.
Graham is a partner in international law firm Bird & Bird LLP. He is based in London and is one of the UK's leading cyberlaw experts, with a practice encompassing advisory and contentious work in the internet, IT and intellectual property fields.
There are many types of electronic signatures but some of the most commonly used in business are Advanced Electronic Signatures as they are secure, identifiable and in some cases mandated by legislation or policy.
Following on from the HR department, the next blog in our series exploring the business benefits of eSignatures is about the legal department.
Compliant document approval procedures are important in the departments we have previously discussed, but it is especially important for the legal department which has stricter regulations.