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

  • An update on the 14th Programme of Law Reform

    In 2021 the Law Commission consulted on a new 14th Programme of Law Reform. We received around 500 responses covering nearly 200 possibilities for law reform. The consultation concluded in the same year. We are very grateful to all those who engaged with us. The Commission has currently extended the timetable for finalising the 14th Programme. We have taken … Read more >

  • Compulsory purchase review to ensure laws are fit for future development projects

    Law Commission to consider how outdated compulsory purchase laws can be modernised. Government-backed review of technical laws to examine land acquisition and compensation. The Law Commission of England and Wales has announced that it will begin a review of the legislation governing compulsory purchase, in order to make the law simpler, consistent and more accessible. … Read more >

  • Law Commission appoints new joint Chief Executives

    The Law Commission of England and Wales has appointed Joanna Otterburn and Stephanie Hack as joint Chief Executives. Welcoming the appointment of the two new CEOs, who will operate under a job-sharing arrangement, Sir Nicholas Green, Chair of the Law Commission, said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Joanna Otterburn and Stephanie Hack … Read more >