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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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  • Updating the law of insurable interest

    The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission have today published updated draft legislation intended to pull the law of insurable interest into the 21st century. Insurable interest is the requirement where someone taking out insurance must be at risk of suffering a loss or disadvantage if the insured event occurs. Without insurable interest, an … Read more >

  • Pensions fund reforms set to boost social investment

    The Government has announced that it intends to act on Law Commission recommendations to clarify and strengthen the laws on pension funds and social investment. In the final response to the Pension Funds and Social Investment report, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman, and Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, agreed … Read more >

  • Public should be given more search warrant protections – Law Commission

    The laws around search warrants should be modernised with more protections put in place to protect individuals’ rights, say the Law Commission. A search warrant is a written authorisation, issued by a judge, which allows an investigator to enter premises to search and seize material. But the Commission says that the current system for granting … Read more >

  • Government shelves Goods Mortgages Bill

    The Government has announced that it will not bring forward the Law Commission’s Goods Mortgages Bill. The Bill had been announced in last year’s Queen’s Speech and would have replaced the Victorian‑era Bills of Sale Acts – bringing greater protections to those who had taken out or who had unwittingly purchased cars with so-called “logbook … Read more >