Proposals to allow electronic documents would revolutionise trade

The Law Commission has announced a consultation on proposals to allow for the legal recognition of electronic versions of documents such as bills of lading and bills of exchange. If implemented, the reforms could revolutionise global trade and bring the processes into the 21st Century. We are also considering reform of the legal treatment of … Read more >

Draft Bill for transfer of ownership rules published by Law Commission

The Law Commission has today published a draft Bill that would introduce new rules into the Consumer Rights Act 2015 about the transfer of ownership under contracts for the sale of goods between a trader and a consumer. Consumers often pay for goods in advance of receiving them. This happens whenever consumers buy goods online. … Read more >

Extension to the Chair’s tenure at the Law Commission announced

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the Lord Chancellor, the Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC, has approved an extension to Sir Nicholas Green’s tenure as Chair of the Law Commission for one year from 1 August 2021. The Chair was appointed on 1 August 2018 and will now serve until 31 July 2022. Sir … Read more >

Reforms to laws around intimate image abuse proposed to better protect victims

Proposals to improve protections for victims whose intimate images are taken or shared without their consent have today [26 February 2021] been published by the Law Commission of England and Wales. The proposals include: An expansion of the types of behaviours outlawed by existing criminal laws on taking and sharing intimate images without consent to … Read more >

Comprehensive regulatory framework for self-driving vehicles proposed to Government

The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission (the Law Commissions) have today [18 December 2020] announced landmark proposals that will seek to ensure the safety of self-driving vehicles via a comprehensive new legal framework. Hailed as “leading the way on the regulation of this technology” by Transport Minister Rachel Maclean, … Read more >

Law Commission seeks views on smart contracts

The Law Commission has today [17 December 2020] launched a call for evidence to help ensure that the technology of smart contracts can thrive in England and Wales. A smart contract is a legally binding contract in which some or all of the contractual obligations are recorded in or performed automatically by a computer program … Read more >