Just recently in Canada, a court ruled that the “thumbs up” emoji was enough to signal a contractual acceptance.
Interestingly, we have also seen an increasing number of enquiries from brokers around their ability to execute premium funding applications on behalf of customers, a practice which some funders are reportedly accepting.
Premium funding loan contracts however are somewhat more complicated than a simple product sale - and brokers should be aware that for loan applications, there are significant risks with completing the premium funding loan application in place of the customer, with digital documents still as binding as a physical signature.
We have engaged with Brand Partners (Commercial Lawyers) – who have been acting in the premium funding industry since 1993 – in order to provide a more thorough response to the questions around execution of premium funding applications. Their Alert on Broker’s Overriding Obligations outlines two relevant sections of the Corporations Act 2001 that a broker should be aware of.
Get in contact with your Hunter Account Manager to get a copy of the Brand Partners (Commercial Lawyers) alert on ‘A Broker’s Overriding Obligations (Premium Funding Applications)’.
We have also answered the three most commonly asked questions below: