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The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. The aim of the Commission is to ensure that the law is:

  • fair
  • modern
  • simple
  • effective
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  • Social investment by charities

    Charities will have statutory powers to make social investments under Law Commission reforms implemented by the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill. The new powers were recommended in our September 2014 report, Social Investment by Charities. Social investment is a useful tool for charities. It provides financial returns while at the same time generating social … Read more >

  • Reforming electoral law: a single legal framework for UK elections

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    The UK needs a new, modern and rational legal framework to govern the conduct of elections and referendums. In an interim report published today with our colleagues in the Scottish and Northern Ireland Law Commissions we outline the response to our public consultation on areas of electoral law that are in need of reform, and … Read more >

  • Protecting our environment and heritage – Government welcomes Law Commission’s “excellent work” on conservation covenants

    “We are delighted to have received the Government’s positive and encouraging response to our report on conservation covenants. “We recommended the introduction of a new statutory scheme of conservation covenants in June 2014. The scheme would, if implemented, allow landowners to ensure the long-term conservation of features such as habitats and historic buildings. In its … Read more >

  • Misconduct in public office – identifying the problems

    We have launched a consultation to explore how the current law governing misconduct in public office is being used and discover the problems caused in practice by the law’s lack of clarity. Misconduct in public office is a common law offence, not defined in statute. It is unclear and ambiguous: “Public office” is not clearly … Read more >

  • Modernising the rules on unfitness to plead

    A new test is needed to establish who is unfit to plead. The existing rules for deciding whether a defendant is unfit to participate in a criminal trial – and what the courts should do if they are not – are out of date, misunderstood and inconsistently applied. Our new report sets out recommendations to … Read more >