Electronic Signatures – Are They Legally Acceptable?

Posted in : Seamus Says - Employment Law Discussion on 7 February 2020
Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors
Issues covered:

Is it legally permissible to sign employment contracts with electronic signatures without the need for follow-up wet signatures or a hard copy document with an actual pen signature?

Seamus: The short answer to that is that I don't see any difficulties with documents being signed and then scanned in and saved, whether it's your computer system or you have a software or a case management system.

Certainly, within our office, we're doing the whole paper-lite task at the minute, and we're looking into what we need to keep and what we don't need to keep. We've taken the advice from the Law Society here in relation to that as well.

The general gist is you do need to be careful. There are certain

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Seamus McGranaghan
O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

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