Updating the law of insurable interest

The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission have today published updated draft legislation intended to pull the law of insurable interest into the 21st century. Insurable interest is the requirement where someone taking out insurance must be at risk of suffering a loss or disadvantage if the insured event occurs. Without insurable interest, an … Read more >

Pensions fund reforms set to boost social investment

The Government has announced that it intends to act on Law Commission recommendations to clarify and strengthen the laws on pension funds and social investment. In the final response to the Pension Funds and Social Investment report, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Guy Opperman, and Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, agreed … Read more >

Public should be given more search warrant protections – Law Commission

The laws around search warrants should be modernised with more protections put in place to protect individuals’ rights, say the Law Commission. A search warrant is a written authorisation, issued by a judge, which allows an investigator to enter premises to search and seize material. But the Commission says that the current system for granting … Read more >

Government shelves Goods Mortgages Bill

The Government has announced that it will not bring forward the Law Commission’s Goods Mortgages Bill. The Bill had been announced in last year’s Queen’s Speech and would have replaced the Victorian‑era Bills of Sale Acts – bringing greater protections to those who had taken out or who had unwittingly purchased cars with so-called “logbook … Read more >

Leasehold law reform work will improve lives of millions – Hopkins

Professor Nick Hopkins has pledged that the Law Commission’s leasehold reform recommendations to government will provide a “better deal for leaseholders”. Announced as part of the 13th Programme of Law Reform, the Law Commission residential leasehold and commonhold project aims to improve consumer choice, provide greater fairness, and make the process of enfranchisement easier, quicker … Read more >

Commission welcomes steps towards accessible Welsh Law

Law Commission Nicholas Paines QC has welcomed the launch of a consultation on a new Welsh Government Bill which aims to make the law accessible, simple and clear. The twelve-week consultation on the Legislation (Wales) Bill brings forward one of the key recommendations from the Law Commission’s Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in … Read more >

Sentencing Code considers additional youth sentencing laws – consultation

The Law Commission has launched a short consultation on youth sentencing as part of its work to create a single Sentencing Code. Over the past three years the Commission has consulted widely on plans to make sentencing simpler, fairer and quicker through the introduction of a consolidated Code. A small number of youth sentencing laws … Read more >

Government commits to protect people with dementia and learning difficulties

The government has said it will bring forward legislation to provide greater protection for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. In a Written Ministerial Statement Health Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government broadly agreed with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model proposed by the Law Commission in 2017 and would legislate “when parliamentary … Read more >

Home-ownership call for evidence – help make commonhold more common

The Law Commission is asking flat owners, housebuilders, mortgage lenders and lawyers to help shape a law which could help people own their flats outright. The independent legal body wants views on a little-known and little used home ownership status called commonhold, which provides an alternative to residential leasehold. Commonhold was introduced in 2002 as … Read more >