Electronic signatures are valid, confirms Law Commission

Electronic signatures can be used to execute documents, including where there is a statutory requirement for a signature, the Law Commission has today confirmed. This means that, in most cases, electronic signatures can be used as a viable alternative to handwritten ones. Businesses and individuals are already using electronic signatures on contracts every day. But … Read more >

New Commissioners announced at the Law Commission

The Government has today announced the appointments of Professor Penney Lewis and Professor Sarah Green as new Commissioners at the Law Commission for a period of five years. Professor Penney Lewis will replace Professor David Ormerod QC as the Commissioner for Criminal Law while Professor Sarah Green will replace Stephen Lewis as the Commissioner for … Read more >

Law Commission seeks views on intermediated securities

The Law Commission is asking individual investors, institutions and experts for their views on how well the system of intermediated securities works and where improvement is needed. The responses will inform the Commission’s scoping study into a system in which investors increasingly hold shares and bonds through a system of computerised credit entries administered by … Read more >

Annual report 2018-19 published

The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2018-19 has been published. This story is also available in Welsh. The annual report highlights the work that the Commission has done over the past twelve months, such as: A Commissioner outreach programme to encourage a greater diversity of applicants for Commissioner roles. Four reports with recommendations for reform laid … Read more >

Cyhoeddi adroddiad blynyddol 2018-19

Cyhoeddwyd Adroddiad Blynyddol Comisiwn y Gyfraith ar gyfer 2018-19. Mae’r stori hon ar gael yn Saesneg hefyd. Mae’r adroddiad blynyddol yn amlygu’r gwaith y mae’r Comisiwn wedi’i wneud dros y deuddeg mis diwethaf, fel: Rhaglen estyn allan at ddarpar Gomisiynwyr i annog rhagor o amrywiaeth ymhlith ymgeiswyr ar gyfer rolau Comisiynydd. Pedwar adroddiad gydag argymhellion … Read more >

Law Commission begins work on weddings reform

The Law Commission has begun reviewing the laws around how and where people can marry in England and Wales, having agreed the Terms of Reference for the project with the Government. The Commission aims to propose options for a simple and fair system to give modern couples meaningful choice about their wedding ceremony. The project … Read more >

New guidance needed to improve anti-money laundering regime

A new advisory board and statutory guidance would reduce wasted time and improve the UK’s ability to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, the Law Commission has announced. Money laundering, in particular, is estimated to cost every household in the UK £255 a year and allows criminals to profit from their crimes. Banks and other … Read more >