Nicholas Paines QC reappointed as Law Commissioner

Nicholas Paines QC, has been reappointed for a further five years as the Law Commissioner for Public Law and the Law in Wales, the Government has announced. Originally appointed in November 2013, Mr Paines will now serve until 2023 working with the other Commissioners reforming the law to make it simple, modern and fair. Law … Read more >

Leasehold law set for radical reform

Radical new proposals to provide a fairer deal for leasehold homeowners have been announced by the Law Commission. Following hot on the heels of plans by the Government to ban the sale of houses on a leasehold basis, the independent legal body is outlining a range of measures to help existing leasehold homeowners buy the … Read more >

Paving the way for clearer, simpler Welsh law

The Law Commission has today published its responses to two Welsh Government initiatives set up to review and improve the accessibility of Welsh law. This page is available in Welsh. The consultation on the Legislation (Wales) Bill  introduces a key element of the legal body’s Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales report. … Read more >

Law reform needed to help leaseholders take control of their buildings

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has asked the Law Commission to look at improving the laws which allow leaseholders to manage their own buildings. The legislation on Right to Manage is meant to put power in leaseholders’ hands and stop abuse, by allowing some leasehold property owners to take over the management of a building. But … Read more >

New law to protect people with dementia and learning disabilities announced

Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities will be given better protection by a new law announced today by the Government. The new Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, based on Law Commission recommendations, brings in extra protections for those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care. It will bring forward … Read more >

New corporate priorities for the Law Commission

The Law Commission has today set out its plans for the current financial year in a new business plan. The document sets out measurable targets for the organisation to meet which will help it achieve its aim of reforming the law. It sets four priorities: To ensure that the law is fair, modern and clear … Read more >

Mr Justice Green appointed Chair of the Law Commission

Mr Justice Green has been appointed as the new Chair of the Law Commission. Taking up his role on 1 August 2018, Sir Nicholas will join the other Commissioners in their independent work reforming the law to make it simple, modern and fair. He will serve for three years and has declared no political affiliation. … Read more >

Update on the Law Commission’s current work

An update on the latest work of the Law Commission has been published providing information about the legal body to interested groups. The concise 36-page document provides an overview of all of the current law reform work or projects with firm plans to start. It sets out the need for law reform in an area, … Read more >

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 >