Attend the academic conference on 23 April to input into the Law Commission’s next law reform programme.


The Law Commission, SLS, SLSA and ALT invite you to attend their academic conference on the Law Commission’s 14th Programme of Law Reform.

The Law Commission is really keen to hear your ideas for areas of law which you consider are in need of reform, and your opinions on some of the potential projects that have been suggested. Academic research can play a crucial role in all stages of the Commission’s work, including making the case for reform. Your input at this early stage can make a real difference to the next few years of law reform across England and Wales.

The conference takes place from 10am to 5pm on 23 April. The conference will include a range of sessions across different areas of law of which you can attend as many as you like. Further details can be found in the full programme using the link, below.

Please use this Eventbrite link to sign up to the conference using your institutional email address. The password is Programme.

Once you have signed up to the conference, you will be sent the programme with links for each session. You will not need to sign up to each session you plan to attend, instead just use the links to join each one.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to host the sessions. If you don’t have Teams, you will be able to join the sessions through a web browser. Guidance on joining a meeting can be found here.

14th Programme

Every few years, in accordance with our statutory obligations, the Law Commission undertakes a public consultation with a view to submitting to the Lord Chancellor a draft Programme of Law Reform. Our 13th Programme was agreed in late 2017 and included 14 projects. Given the seismic changes which have occurred since 2017 we believe the time is right to consult again with a view to agreeing a new 14th Programme.


10:00-10:30am: Opening address from the chair


10:30-11:30am: Parallel sessions:

  • Property law topics
  • Criminal appeals, miscarriages of justice, criminal evidence and procedure


11:30-12:30pm: Parallel sessions

  • Family law topics
  • Emerging tech, including product liability and conflict of laws


12:30-1pm: “speed” law reform presentations


1-2pm: Break for lunch


2-3pm: Parallel sessions

  • Substantive criminal law topics
  • Public law topics


3-4pm: Parallel sessions

  • Environmental law – regulation and property law
  • Issues in contract law, including frustration, consideration and employment


4-4:30pm: “speed” law reform presentations


4:30-5pm: Closing address from the three heads of associations

Speed law reform presentations

These sessions offer you the chance to give a “elevator pitch” style presentation of your idea across any area of law. It is the virtual equivalent of a poster presentation and you will be limited to no longer than 5 minutes and one PowerPoint slide.

You can sign up to give a speed law reform presentation here.


If you have any questions about the conference, please email