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Law needs to catch up with technological advancements

Even where software such as DocuSign allows for deeds to be signed and witnessed electronically, the witness must still be physically in the same room as the signatory. 

The Law Commission recommended that the government set up a working group to consider the matter.

It remains to be seen how long it will take for the law to catch up with the enormous shift caused by the pandemic and our growing reliance on technology.

Stephen Morrall is a partner and Cordelia Smith is a trainee solicitor at Hunters Law