Electronic signatures – What are the risk elements and technical points of electronic signatures?


This webinar took place on Wednesday 20 March 2024

How do we ensure proper verification in the digital age, and what are the risks associated with electronic signatures? How can technology streamline your processes and benefit your organisation?

In this webinar we discuss:

  • What is a signature and does it matter if a signature is electronic?
  • The mechanics of applying an electronic signature.
  • What are Qualified and Advanced Electronic Signatures and who should have these?
  • The use of electronic signatures in notarial practice.
  • Electronic notarial acts and electronic apostilles.
  • Risks associated with electronic signatures and how to manage those risks effectively.



Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director, Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland

Peter Swabey is Policy and Research Director at CGIUKI. He is responsible for developing CGIUKI’s profile to members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership and lobbying campaigns aligned to CGIUKI strategy and promoting strong governance as the vital ingredient for success in organisations. Peter joined CGIUKI in 2013 and has almost 30 years’ industry experience. Prior to CGIUKI, Peter was at Equiniti where he was Company Secretary and Industry Leadership Director; he was also a Director of Equiniti David Venus, Equiniti’s Company Secretarial Services provider.

Peter Adams, Partner, De Pinna Notaries

Peter specialises in Spanish and Portuguese language notarial work. He joined De Pinna in November 2007, qualified as a Notary Public in 2012 and as a Scrivener Notary in 2014. Peter is committed to upholding and advancing De Pinna’s legacy, preparing clients’ documents to the highest standards and facilitating cross-border transactions. In addition to Spanish language notarial work, Peter specialises in the notarisation of electronic signatures. Outside of his notarial work, he sits on the Technology Sub-Committee of the Society of Scrivener Notaries.

Emily Borg, Senior Associate, Scrivener Notary, De Pinna Notaries

Emily specialises in Spanish and Italian language notarial work. She joined De Pinna in September 2014, qualifying as a Notary Public in 2018 and as a Scrivener Notary in 2019. In addition to her notarial work, Emily also established a relationship with De Pinna’s partner charity, The Passage.

Silvana Glibota-Vigo, Group Head of Secretariat, Keller Group plc

Silvana joined the Board of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland in August 2023, having been a co-opted member since March 2022. She joined Keller Group as Group Head of Secretariat in October 2020. She has been working in corporate governance since 2004 and for UK premium listed companies, including FirstGroup, British Land, International Distributions Services (formerly Royal Mail) and Prudential, since 2006. Silvana is a member of the Institute’s Thought Leadership Committee, a member of the Governance Officer Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group, a practitioner member of the European Corporate Governance Institute and a member of the Association of Corporate Secretaries of Latin America.


De Pinna Notaries is the largest firm of Scrivener Notaries in England and Wales and provides notarisation services to corporate and private clients around the world, working with both hard copy and electronic documents. The firm also offers translation and legislation services, verification for the purposes of The Register of Overseas Entities and acts as agents for service of legal process.

De Pinna is the only firm of Scrivener Notaries in England and Wales to hold the ISO 27001 accreditation for information security management and third of the FTSE 100 companies trust the firm’s expert notaries to handle their documents safely.

The firm is ideally placed to notarise, translate or legalise your documents quickly and efficiently for you. For more information, visit depinna.com or email info@depinna.co.uk.

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