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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

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  • Law Commissions looks to future with self-driving vehicles

    Law Commissions publish proposals on the regulation of highly automated vehicles that operate without a driver (or “user-in-charge”) Potential benefits include reduced congestion and traffic accidents, and improved accessibility for disabled people This is the Law Commissions’ second consultation paper published on potential future regulation for automated vehicles, and is a major milestone in the … Read more >

  • 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 >