Execution of deeds and documents - wearing different hats when you sign

United Kingdom

The snappily titled Regulatory Reform (Execution of Deeds and Documents) Order 2005 came into force on the 15th September. Much of the order is technical in nature, tidying up some loose ends produced by different statutes over the last 80 years. In practice, these changes will not have much impact on the way in which companies currently execute documents, but do mean that if the rules are followed, purchasers may rely on the documents as being properly executed.

It is now essential that a document is referred to as a deed and so you are likely to see a reference in the sealing/signing clause that the document is a deed. There will be further changes if you are signing a document wearing more than one hat. For example, if more than one company is executing the document and you are a director or secretary for more than one of those companies, it will be necessary for you to sign the deed separately for each company that you represent.