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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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  • 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 >

  • Events: Have your say on our Sentencing Code plans

    As part of the Law Commission’s consultation on a new sentencing code it will host a series of free public events. Currently, the law of sentencing procedure is contained in many different Acts of Parliament, dating as far back as the 14th century. It is often not clear how the Acts apply and many use … Read more >

  • Charities need right rules to run effectively – report

    Reforms to charity law could save millions

    Changes to the law could help charities run more effectively, according to the Law Commission. In a new report – Technical Issues in Charity Law – published today, the Commission says that problems in charity law prevent or delay legitimate charitable activities. Discourage people from volunteering. And force charities to obtain professional advice that should … Read more >