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

Latest news

  • Update on the 14th Programme of Law Reform

    In 2021 the Law Commission consulted on a new Programme of Law Reform to be agreed in due course with the Lord Chancellor. We received around 500 responses to our consultation, covering nearly 200 possibilities for law reform. The Commission has today decided to extend the timetable for finalising the Programme. We have concluded that … Read more >

  • Recommendations to improve safety of coal tips in Wales

    Law Commission recommendations for a new safety regime would help to protect against a range of threats to coal tip safety and ensure all tips are dealt with in a consistent way. The Law Commission of England and Wales has today published its report recommending a new coal tip safety regime in Wales that would … Read more >

  • Argymhellion i gwella diogelwch tomennydd glo yng Nghymru

    Bydd argymhellion Comisiwn y Gyfraith ar gyfer gyfundrefn diogelwch newydd yn helpu i amddiffyn yn erbyn ystod o fygythiadau i ddiogelwch tomennydd glo ac yn sicrhau bod tomennydd i gyd yn cael eu trin mewn ffordd gyson. Mae Comisiwn y Gyfraith Cymru a Lloegr wedi cyhoeddi adroddiad heddiw yn argymell gyfundrefn arfaethedig newydd ar ddiogelwch … Read more >

  • Government includes Law Commission recommendations in Online Safety Bill

    The Government has included in its Online Safety Bill the Law Commission’s recommendations to reform the communications offences and to make cyberflashing a sexual offence. These recommendations were made in the 2021 Modernising Communications Offences report. The reformed offences will refocus the criminal law on communications where the sender specifically intended to cause harm, and … Read more >

  • Recommendations to allow electronic documents would revolutionise trade

    The Law Commission has today published its recommendations and draft legislation to allow for the legal recognition of electronic versions of trade documents such as bills of lading and bills of exchange. If implemented, the reforms could revolutionise global trade and bring the processes into the 21st century. Parties would be able to conduct trade … Read more >