On 20 July 2023 the long awaited Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023 (the Act) received Royal Assent, and will come into effect in the UK on 20 September 2023.

The Act, which is largely based on the UK Law Commission’s draft Bill published in March 2022, sets out the basis upon which trade documents can exist and be dealt with in electronic form under English law, such that an electronic trade document has the same effect as an equivalent paper trade document.

Read more in Mayer Brown’s Legal Update.