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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  • A new sentencing code – consultation


    Today we are opening the second consultation in our project to create a new sentencing code for England and Wales. The law on sentencing affects all criminal cases, and is applied in hundreds of thousands of trials and at thousands of appeals each year. But it lacks coherence and clarity: it is spread across many statutes, … Read more >

  • Reformed consumer law brings new protections

    The Consumer Rights Act 2015 comes into force today bringing new rights for consumers and protecting businesses from unfair competition. The Act implements recommendations for reform made by the Law Commissions for England and Wales and for Scotland in two areas of consumer law: remedies for faulty goods and unfair terms in consumer contracts. From … Read more >

  • Law Commission reforms in the Enterprise Bill

    Businesses can suffer serious loss if insurance companies delay paying claims. But under Law Commission reforms introduced into Parliament today, insurers would be obliged to make prompt payment or face a claim for damages. At the moment, insurers are under no legal obligation to pay valid claims within a reasonable time. If they pay unreasonably … Read more >

  • Consultation to reform archaic logbook loan law

    Logbook loan borrowers have too little protection – and those who unwittingly buy cars subject to logbook loans have none at all. We have opened a consultation to reform the archaic law underlying logbook loans – the “Bills of Sale Acts” – which remains unchanged since Victorian times. Logbook loans are a way for borrowers … Read more >

  • New Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law

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    Professor Nicholas Hopkins has been appointed Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law and will be joining the Commission on 1 October 2015 to lead on our projects examining charity law, marriage, family financial orders, wills and land registration. Currently Professor of Law at the University of Reading, Professor Hopkins has been researching and … Read more >