Law Commission Wills consultation draws on expertise from Stephen Mason

The Law Commission of England and Wales is currently undertaking an exercise in considering electronic wills: https://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/wills/

Publication date: 13 July 2017
Response date: 10 November 2017

Law Commission (Consultation Paper 231) Making a will
https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lawcom-prod-storage-11jsxou24uy7q/uploads/2017/07/Making-a-will-consultation.pdf

Stephen Mason - photograph by Lloyd Sturdy

It is good to see the Consultation Paper drawing on expertise from Stephen Mason (Barrister, IALS Associate Research Fellow).

The Consultation Paper cites Stephen Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (3rd ed 2012)

The latest edition - Stephen Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (4th ed 2016) - is freely available as an Open Access PDF and is available for purchase as print of demand copies from OBserving Law: the IALS Open Book Service for Law in the School of Advanced Study’s Humanities Digital Library http://ials.sas.ac.uk/digital/humanities-digital-library/observing-law-ials-open-book-service-law/electronic-signatures

For convenience, here are the equivalent references in the 4th ed 2016:

  • Page 116 of the Consultation Paper. Footnote 34. See also S Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (4th ed 2016) pp 11 to 13 [Evidence of the manuscript signature].
  • Page 118 of the Consultation Paper. Footnote 41. S Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (4th ed 2016) pp 317 to 321 [What a public key infrastructure can and cannot do].
  • Page 120 of the Consultation Paper. Footnote 46. S Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (4th ed 2016) pp 339 and 306 to 308 [Methods of authentication].
  • Page 121 of the Consultation Paper. Footnote 53 and Footnote 54. S Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (4th ed 2016) p 198.
  • Page 121 of the Consultation Paper. Footnote 56. S Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (4th ed 2016) p 158.
  • Page 122 of the Consultation Paper. Footnote 59 and Footnote 60. S Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (4th ed 2016) pp 301 to 302 [Public key infrastructure].
  • Page 122 of the Consultation Paper. Footnote 61. S Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law (4th ed 2016) pp 315 to 317.

Stephen Mason is a leading authority on electronic signatures and electronic evidence, having advised global corporations and governments on these topics. He is also the founder and editor of the international open source journal the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review. Stephen is an Associate Research Fellow at the IALS and Visiting Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Tartu, Estonia.