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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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  • 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 >

  • Stuart Bridge

    The Law Commission was very sad to learn today of the untimely death of Stuart Bridge. He served as Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law between 2001 and 2008. Stuart led the team which produced reports covering a variety of important subjects including cohabitation, termination of tenancies for tenant default, compulsory purchase and trust … Read more >

  • Greater protections for victims of online abuse proposed by Law Commission

    The Law Commission has today published proposals to better protect victims from harmful online behaviour including abusive messages or emails, cyberflashing, and pile-on harassment. Reforms to tackle the malicious sharing of information known to be false have also been proposed. In the last two decades, the rise of the internet and social media has created … Read more >