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 collaboration on scoping study on international cooperation in criminal law

    First-ever collaboration between Law Commission and the Criminal Law Reform Now Network to produce a scoping study looking into possible project on international cooperation in criminal law. Work will commence in autumn 2023, with publication of findings expected in 2024. In a new initiative, the Law Commission of England and Wales has invited the Criminal … Read more >

  • Improvements recommended to Arbitration Act 1996 to ensure UK position as international arbitration leader

    Law Commission publishes final recommendations to update the Arbitration Act 1996 and puts forward draft legislation. Commission advocates for maintaining the Act’s core principles while introducing improvements to help strengthen the UK’s position as a foremost destination for arbitration. Improvements include measures to strengthen arbitrator immunity, improve the efficiency of cases, and clarify powers of … Read more >

  • Law Commission joins UK Boardroom Apprentice as host board for upcoming programme

    Unique opportunity to join the Law Commission’s Board for a year. Aspiring applicants will gain insight into the Commission’s crucial work of making the law simpler and fairer for everyone. Applications for next year’s programme open today (Monday 4th September 2023). Law Commission joint Chief Executives, Joanna Otterburn and Stephanie Hack said: “As a consultative … Read more >

  • Government publishes Law Commission implementation report

    The Government has recently published its regular report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals from January 2018 to January 2023.  The Law Commission has produced more than 350 sets of law reform recommendations since its creation in 1965, delivering practical benefits to the public, businesses, the third sector and the public sector. In this … Read more >

  • Views sought on criminal appeals process

    On Thursday 27 July, the Law Commission of England and Wales is publishing a paper asking for views on whether and how the law governing appeals for criminal cases should be reformed.   The appeals process allows individuals to challenge their conviction or sentence if they disagree with the verdict or penalty. In this way, … Read more >