Temporary changes to signing Land Registry deeds

Temporary changes have now been introduced for the signing of land registry deeds during the Coronavirus pandemic. This new arrangement is called MERCURY SIGNING.

Signing deeds: For land registration purposes, your solicitor can now email you the transfer and other deeds. All you will need to do is to print, sign the signature page in front of an independent adult witness (in person, while observing social distancing, not via video call). You can then take a photo or scan it and return it to your solicitor by email for completion.

Identity verification: In addition to conveyancers and chartered legal executives, a limited number of non-conveyancer professionals, including people who worked in these professions before retiring, are now able to verify identity. See the full list of permitted professions here. This can be carried out by a video call, for example by Skype or FaceTime.

If you have any questions or concerns about your house move please get in touch with our residential property department who will be happy to help.

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.

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