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Legal Writings Bill approved 25/02/2015 The Scottish Parliament has approved the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill, which is designed to speed up the process of “getting the deal in writing”

Legal Writings Bill approved

The Scottish Parliament has approved the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill, which is designed to speed up the process of “getting the deal in writing” and bring benefits to businesses in Scotland.

Once in force, the new law will enable parties to get their documents legally signed and exchanged without meeting at the same place, as is often the case at present.

It will also enable documents created on paper to become legally effective by being delivered by electronic means.

The provisions will not only be helpful to Scottish lawyers advising on complex contracts but will also have a wider application to smooth any transaction involving a number of parties in different places or even different countries. At the moment, parties in such circumstances may choose to conclude a contract under another legal regime, often in practice English law. The provisions of the Bill mean that many more legal documents may be concluded subject to Scots law.

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