Smartcard practical advice guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide further practical advice to using your Smartcard after it has been activated.

This guide and corresponding FAQs will continue to evolve as members begin to use their Smartcard and as legislation and practice develops.

Smartcards provide the opportunity to use digital signatures within the profession. While the advent and use of digital signatures is not new, it is still relatively underutilised and untested within legal practice and so this guide is designed to support solicitors by providing some further explanation and resource around using the Smartcard digital signature facility.

This guide is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of the law and does not displace the legal responsibilities and obligations on solicitors to identify relevant matters of law. It is hoped however that this guide will assist solicitors in accessing and using their Smartcard

The Society welcomes any comments on the guidance and would be pleased to hear from members with comments or useful additions and amendments to it.  Comments can be sent to

The structure of the guide

A Introduction and basics

B Using your signature

C Digital signatures in conveyancing transactions

D Digital signatures in court matters

E Glossary (working definitions)

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Smartcard practical advice guide

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