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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  • 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 >

  • Draft Sentencing Code on legislation.gov.uk

    The Law Commission’s Sentencing Code has become the first-ever draft Bill uploaded to legislation.gov.uk. As part of its commitment to open public consultation, the Commission has worked closely with the National Archive to bring forward this exciting new development. It’s hoped that this innovation will allow consultees to interact with and test the proposals to … Read more >