Applying a digital signature to a document is obviously not the same as putting pen to paper to finalise a transaction – it works differently, it looks different, it feels different. But digital signatures are playing an increasing role in conducting business and completing transactions within the legal profession. Since they are not as visible as wet signatures, members of the profession might want to scrutinise such a signature further.

We have put together quick guides on how to verify a QES that was applied with the Smartcard. Validation works slightly differently for Word documents and PDFs; please choose the corresponding instructions below.

Verifying QES in Word

How to check a QES in a MS Word document

Verifying QES in Adobe

How check the signature received in an Adobe PDF document

Scottish solicitor status check

Check if an individual holding a Smartcard or a Lawscot ID card is currently entitled to practise as a solicitor in Scotland.