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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 media

Latest news

  • Smart contracts project paused

    The Commission’s project on smart contracts has been paused to avoid potential duplication with other initiatives. We were asked by the Lord Chancellor to include work on Electronic Signatures and Smart Contracts as part of our 13th Programme, agreed in December 2017. We have prioritised work on Electronic Signatures and are currently analysing consultation responses. … Read more >

  • Government commends work of the Law Commission

    The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today – 07 February 2019 – published its tailored review of the Law Commission, highlighting the Government’s continued support for the role and functions that the Commission carries out. “The Commission’s work is of clear benefit to the whole Government, much of it offering the prospect of savings to public … Read more >

  • Make it easier for leaseholders to manage their properties, propose Law Commission

    The Law Commission is proposing changes that would make it quicker and easier for leaseholders to take control of the day-to-day management of their building. Currently, homeowners with long leases over flats can acquire the “right to manage” (RTM), which gives the homeowners, rather than their landlord, responsibility for management functions relating to services, repairs, … Read more >

  • Simplify Immigration Rules, proposes Law Commission

    Law Commission proposes to simplify how the Immigration Rules are drafted and presented, so they are easier to follow and more user friendly. The Rules have grown from 40 pages in 1973 to around 1,100 pages today, becoming increasingly complex. They have been criticised by senior judges as labyrinthine. The Law Commission is seeking views … Read more >

  • Law Commission seeking a new Non-Executive Board Member

    We are looking to recruit a new Non-Executive Board Member (NEBM) to the Law Commission Board. The successful applicant will support the Commission in improving our corporate governance and financial management, and will help shape our strategy for the future of law reform. The NEBM will help us to deliver our vision of: Being the … Read more >