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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
  • cost effective

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  • Email alerts for new reports and consultations

    We are in the process of publishing on this website all the reports and consultation papers issued by the Law Commission since it was established in 1965. We are aware that emails about some of these publications were sent in error yesterday to our subscribers. We are very sorry if you received any of these … Read more >

  • 13th Programme of Law Reform consultation now open

    Today we opened the consultation for our 13th Programme of law reform. The responses we receive will inform the majority of the Law Commission’s work from 2017 to 2020. We are asking for your help to identify areas of the substantive law of England and Wales that need reform, and to prioritise those reforms. The … Read more >

  • Protecting consumers when retailers go under

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    Money paid out in advance for items from sofas to mobile phones and services such as football season tickets and even weddings can be lost if the company you are buying from goes under – especially if you have paid by cash or cheque. In a report published today we recommend that consumers paying a … Read more >

  • Reporting on our 50th anniversary year

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    The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2015-16, published today, charts the activities and achievements of our 50th anniversary year. Most significantly this year we have welcomed a new Chairman, Sir David Bean, who joined the Commission on 1 August 2015. We appointed Professor Nick Hopkins as Commissioner for property, family and trust law and extended the … Read more >

  • Planning law in Wales – modernised and simplified

    Today we launched a consultation to find out what needs to be done to modernise and simplify planning law in Wales. Existing planning law in England and Wales is overly complicated and difficult for professionals and the public to use. It was last consolidated in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and has been … Read more >