The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales 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
  • cost effective

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  • Could you be one of our research assistants?

    Applications are now open for prospective research assistants at the Law Commission. This story is also available in Welsh. Working as part of an expert team, research assistants help to shape UK law. You will have an opportunity to think deeply and work creatively in a challenging and supportive environment. Chambers, solicitors’ firms and universities … Read more >

  • Annual report 2016-17 published

    This story is available in Welsh. The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2016-17 has been published. It reveals another positive year for the independent law reform body with: Four new statutes based on Law Commission recommendations – Part 5 of the Enterprise Act 2016, Part 6 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, the Intellectual Property … Read more >

  • 14 new areas of law set for reform – Law Commission

    Surrogacy, residential leasehold, driverless cars and smart contracts are all to be reviewed by the Law Commission. These are just some of the 14 new project areas unveiled today as part of its 13th Programme of Law Reform, whittled down from a record 220 individual project ideas in the responses to its public consultation. The … Read more >


    This story is available in Welsh. A new planning code for Wales is needed to get the country building and further protect heritage and the environment, says the Law Commission. England and Wales’s independent law reform agency says that complex and overlapping planning laws – contained in over 30 Acts of Parliament – slow down … Read more >