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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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  • Providing protective care to people unable to consent to treatment

    The Mental Capacity Act aims to protect people who lack mental capacity but need to be deprived of liberty in order to receive appropriate care and treatment in hospitals and care homes. But the safeguards are not meaningful for disabled and older people and their families, local councils and the NHS are struggling to meet … Read more >

  • Lawyer vacancy

    We have a vacancy for a Criminal Law Team Manager.  Further details are available on our Jobs page. Please note: this post is open only to civil servants.

  • Safeguarding the public by regulating health and social care professionals – Highly Commended paper

    Tim Spencer-Lane, the lead lawyer on our review of the regulation of health and social care professionals, has been recognised by the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. His paper, Safeguarding the public by regulating health and social care professionals: lessons from Mid-Staffordshire and the Law Commission review, was Highly Commended in the awards. … Read more >

  • A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales

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    Today we are publishing the first 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 >

  • Codifying public nuisance and outraging public decency

    In our latest report, we recommend reforms to the common law offences of public nuisance and outraging public decency. Public nuisance traditionally dealt with environmental nuisance such as noise, smells and obstruction, but its focus has shifted to more general forms of public misbehaviour, bringing a wider range of potential offenders into its scope. Outraging … Read more >