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Signing Contracts and Deeds – Guidance Note

Guidance Note: Formalities for Signing Deeds and Contracts


This Guidance Note is a practical guide to getting it right when it comes to executing deeds and contracts; which are only valid if they are executed and signed correctly.

Nearly all contracts whatever they are designed to do, will be made in writing. This guidance covers the different types of contracts you can have and explains the differences between them and why you may need to use one form instead of another. It also sets out the different types of attestation clauses required by different entities (individuals, companies, attorneys, partnerships and LLPs) when executing written deeds or contracts.

This guidance has been updated as of September 2019, to make sure that the execution provisions for companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), conform to the prescribed form required by the Land Registry for all deeds registrable with it.

The Land Registry has strict requirements for documents submitted to it. You are advised to check their guidance at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/execution-of-deeds , or seek advice from a legal professional, before drafting and executing any document that is to be submitted to the Land Registry.

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