HM Land Registry accept electronic signatures with witnessing

August 11, 2020

HM Land Registry accept electronic signatures with witnessing

Transfer of ownership of property, leases, mortgages and other property transactions can now be done using electronic signatures and witnessing on the Legalesign esignature platform.

HM Land Registry has confirmed in their blog that they will accept electronic signatures with witnessing.

Legalesign is now compliant with the specific signing and witnessing process that HM Land Registry requires, which is detailed in their practice guide.

The procedure includes one-time-passwords (OTP) through emails and SMS pin codes. Our how-to guide explains the full procedure for platform users. Support is on-hand for one-to-one advice too.

HM Land Registry allows either the conveyancer or the signatory to add witness details and the Legalesign platform allows either option. To let signatories add their witness details, Legalesign users simply need to click the 'decide later' button beside where they would normally enter the witness details. The process is still protected because an email and mobile number is still required, with an OTP for both signatories and witnesses.

Ben Eliott, CEO at Legalesign said, "HM Land Registry's acceptance of witnessed electronic signatures is great news to help expedite the work of property solicitors and conveyancers across the country, particularly in a time of social distancing. We're delighted to be able to launch our signing service for property transactions, where solicitors can be assured their data remains UK located and processed within a secure ISO27001 certified system."

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