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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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  • Home-ownership call for evidence – help make commonhold more common

    The Law Commission is asking flat owners, housebuilders, mortgage lenders and lawyers to help shape a law which could help people own their flats outright. The independent legal body wants views on a little-known and little used home ownership status called commonhold, which provides an alternative to residential leasehold. Commonhold was introduced in 2002 as … Read more >

  • Government asks Law Commission to look at trolling laws

    The government has asked the Law Commission to review the laws around offensive communications and assess whether they provide the right protection to victims online. With research showing that nearly a third of UK internet users were on the receiving end of trolling, harassment or cyberbullying last year, the independent body will provide a robust … Read more >

  • Sir Henry Brooke

    My colleagues and I were sad to learn of the death of Sir Henry Brooke, former Lord Justice of Appeal, who chaired the Commission for the three years 1993 to 1995. He led an energetic and successful campaign to have outstanding Law Commission reports implemented, by the piloting of the forerunner of the special Parliamentary … Read more >

  • Could you be one of our research assistants?

    Applications are now open for prospective research assistants at the Law Commission. This story is also available in Welsh. Working as part of an expert team, research assistants help to shape UK law. You will have an opportunity to think deeply and work creatively in a challenging and supportive environment. Chambers, solicitors’ firms and universities … Read more >

  • Annual report 2016-17 published

    This story is available in Welsh. The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2016-17 has been published. It reveals another positive year for the independent law reform body with: Four new statutes based on Law Commission recommendations – Part 5 of the Enterprise Act 2016, Part 6 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, the Intellectual Property … Read more >