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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  • Commission welcomes research on supported will-making

    The Law Commission welcomes the publication of Supported Will-Making: A Socio-Legal Study of Experiences, Values, and Potential in Supporting Testamentary Capacity by Professor Rosie Harding, Dr Ezgi Taşcıoğlu and Magdalena Furgalska. Professor Harding’s research team conducted empirical research of the experiences of intellectually disabled people when making wills. Finding a gap in support for people … Read more >

  • Government accepts majority of Commission’s event fees recommendations

    The Government has confirmed that it will enact Law Commission recommendations to protect older people and their families. This will introduce protections for leaseholders in retirement properties against unexpected fees – known as event fees – being charged in unfair circumstances. It will also impose an obligation on landlords (or others who benefit from these … Read more >

  • Law Commission seeks two new Commissioners

    The Law Commission is looking to recruit a Commissioner for Criminal Law and a Commissioner for Commercial and Common Law. Both roles will begin at the beginning of 2020. Commissioners are critical to the success of projects that ensure British law is as fair, modern, simple and as cost-effective as possible. The successful applicants will … Read more >

  • 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 >