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

Latest news

  • New reforms to ensure UK retains position as a leader in international arbitration

    The Law Commission of England and Wales has today unveiled new proposals to update the Arbitration Act 1996, to ensure that the UK continues to be the foremost destination for international arbitration. Arbitration, which involves parties resolving a dispute privately through a third party rather than the traditional court process, is a major industry in … Read more >

  • Law Commission to undertake review of the appeals system

    The Law Commission of England and Wales has launched a wide-ranging review of the laws governing appeals for criminal cases. The Commission has been asked by the Government to examine the need for reforms to the appeals system, to ensure that the courts have the right powers to enable the effective, efficient and appropriate resolution … Read more >

  • Law reforms proposed for digital assets, including NFTs and other crypto-tokens

    The Law Commission of England and Wales has published new proposals to reform the law relating to digital assets. Digital assets, which include crypto-tokens — sometimes referred to as cryptocurrencies — and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), play an increasingly important role in modern society. The emerging technologies are used for an increasing variety of purposes, including … Read more >

  • New project to examine the legal implications of increased autonomy in aviation

    The Law Commission will launch a new project to review the law around autonomous flight, in order to support the safe development of rapidly advancing technology.   The two-year review is sponsored by the Future Flight Challenge at UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department for Transport … Read more >

  • Outdated weddings laws to be overhauled under new reforms

    The Law Commission of England and Wales has today outlined recommendations to reform weddings law, proposing a fairer system that gives couples more choice over where and how their wedding takes place. The Commission was asked by the Government to review the law on weddings, following concerns that it is not working for many couples. … Read more >