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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  • 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


    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 >

  • Consumer prepayments on retailer insolvency


    What happens to your gift voucher or the deposit you’ve paid when a retailer goes bust? And what if your Christmas savings scheme collapses? Under existing law, your money is unlikely to be protected and you may not get it back. In our latest consultation we ask whether greater protection is needed for consumers who … Read more >