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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    This story is available in Welsh. A new planning code for Wales is needed to get the country building and further protect heritage and the environment, says the Law Commission. England and Wales’s independent law reform agency says that complex and overlapping planning laws – contained in over 30 Acts of Parliament – slow down … Read more >

  • Draft Sentencing Code on legislation.gov.uk

    The Law Commission’s Sentencing Code has become the first-ever draft Bill uploaded to legislation.gov.uk. As part of its commitment to open public consultation, the Commission has worked closely with the National Archive to bring forward this exciting new development. It’s hoped that this innovation will allow consultees to interact with and test the proposals to … Read more >

  • Government says “not the right time” for review of marriage law

    The Government has written to the Law Commission to say it’s not the right time for a full review of marriage law, but hasn’t ruled out further work in the future. In December 2015 a scoping report from the Law Commission identified issues with the way marriages were conducted in England and Wales. It highlighted … Read more >