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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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  • A winning joint enterprise

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    The Law Commission congratulates the winners of our first-ever university law reform competition. The winning team – Nicola Campbell, Scott Leonard, Elliot Booth and Jessica Low – visited the Commission on Tuesday 26 April. The four law students from the University of Sheffield presented their project, “A meeting of minds: denouncing ‘parasitic liability’ in joint … Read more >

  • Strengthening the foundations of land ownership

    We are reviewing the legal framework that governs the registration of land in England and Wales. In a consultation opening today we ask how the Land Registration Act 2002 is working in practice and whether there are opportunities for the system to be clarified and updated. Land registration underpins conveyancing by providing a single, central … Read more >

  • Law Commission gives evidence to the Justice Committee

    Sir David Bean, Chairman of the Law Commission, Chief Executive Elaine Lorimer and the Law Commissioner for criminal law, Professor David Ormerod QC appeared before the Justice Select Committee today to talk about the work of the Law Commission. We are grateful to the Committee for their time and for this valuable opportunity. The Members, … Read more >

  • Government takes forward Law Commission recommendations on firearms

    Today the Government laid before Parliament our recommendations for reform of firearms law in the Policing and Crime Bill. Part 6 of the Bill contains recommendations we made in our recent report, Firearms Law – Reforms to Addressing Pressing Problems. Law Commissioner for Criminal Law, Professor David Ormerod QC said: “I am delighted that our … Read more >

  • 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 >