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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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  • The time is right for commonhold announce Law Commission

    The Law Commission today has proposed reforms that would support the expansion of commonhold as an alternative to leasehold. Commonhold was introduced in 2002 as a new way to own property. Commonhold allows a person to own a freehold flat and at the same time be a member of the company which owns and manages … Read more >

  • Law Commission launches reforms to planning law in Wales

    The Law Commission has published a wide-ranging report proposing over 190 technical reforms to planning law as it applies in Wales. This will hopefully lead to the appearance of a new Planning Act, as the centrepiece of a new Planning Code for Wales. (Cymru) Public Law Commissioner Nicholas Paines QC says: “Planning law is simple … Read more >

  • Comisiwn y Gyfraith yn lansio diwygiadau i gyfraith cynllunio yng Nghymru

    Mae Comisiwn y Gyfraith wedi cyhoeddi adroddiad eang ei gwmpas sy’n cynnig dros 190 o ddiwygiadau technegol i gyfraith cynllunio fel y mae’n gymwys yng Nghymru. Bydd hyn, gobeithio, yn arwain at Ddeddf Cynllunio newydd, fel canolbwynt Cod Cynllunio newydd i Gymru. (English) Medd Nicholas Paines CF, Comisiynydd Cyfraith Gyhoeddus: “Mae cyfraith cynllunio yn syml … Read more >

  • New Sentencing Code to help prevent unlawful sentences being handed out

    A new Sentencing Code will reduce the number of unlawful sentences being handed out and save £250 million over ten years, the Law Commission has announced today. When they sentence offenders, judges have to contend with more than 1,300 pages of law filled with outdated and inaccessible language. This law is contained in over 65 … Read more >

  • Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future

    Consultation launched into future rules for automated vehicles Findings will feed into the transport regulations of the next generation Consultation marks a major early milestone in the three-year review by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are … Read more >