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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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  • Sir Roy Beldam

    The Law Commission was very sad to learn of the death of the Rt Hon Sir Roy Beldam, who served as the Chair of the Law Commission from 1985 – 89. Sir Roy was called to the Bar in 1950 and took Silk in 1969. He was appointed as a Recorder in 1972 and as … Read more >

  • Search warrants reform to help law enforcement investigate crime

    Reforms that would reduce the number of unlawful search warrants being issued and help law enforcement to investigate crime and collect evidence (especially that stored electronically) have today [7 October 2020] been recommended by the Law Commission, the Government’s independent law reform body. A search warrant is a document issued by a magistrate or judge … Read more >

  • Adapting English law for the digital revolution

    The Law Commission has begun work on two new projects to ensure that English law can accommodate two emerging technologies that could revolutionise commerce: smart contracts and digital assets. The Law Commission will analyse the law relating to smart contracts, to find any gaps in the law and identify reforms to ensure that the law … Read more >

  • Reforms to confiscation regime to recover £8 million more per year

    Proposals to reform the confiscation regime could help recover an extra £8 million per year from convicted criminals, by more accurately and efficiently determining a defendant’s criminal proceeds and more effectively enforcing confiscation orders. The proposals are outlined in a consultation paper published today [17 September 2020] by the Law Commission of England and Wales. … Read more >