Frances Patterson

Everyone at the Law Commission was very sad to learn of the death this morning of Dame Frances Patterson. Frances was Commissioner for Public Law from 2010 to 2013. The reports of the Commission during this period included Adult Social Care and Public Services Ombudsmen among many others. In 2013 she was appointed to be … Read more >

Reform of the law of enforcement of family financial orders

Each year thousands of separating couples apply to the courts for financial orders. Sometimes these orders are not complied with. The law of enforcement of family financial orders is a complicated area, contained in a range of legislation and court rules. It can then be difficult for parties, particularly litigants in person, to recover the … Read more >

Bronwen Maddox appointed Non-Executive Board Member

We are very pleased to welcome Bronwen Maddox as a Non-Executive Board Member of the Law Commission. In September 2016 Bronwen Maddox was appointed as the Director of the Institute for Government, an independent charity working to increase government effectiveness. For the previous five and a half years, she was editor and chief executive of Prospect Magazine. … Read more >

Pension Funds and Social Investment: Call for Evidence

We have issued a short call for evidence for our pension funds and social investment project. The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, has asked the Law Commission to look at social investment by pension funds. We invite views from consultees on social investment by pension funds and in particular, whether there are any … Read more >

Simplifying sentencing procedure

Current sentencing procedure is overwhelmingly complex and difficult to apply even for experienced practitioners and judges. It is contained in numerous separate provisions across a multitude of statutes with no coherent structure to aid navigation. On 7 October 2016 we published an interim report which summarises the responses we received to a consultation document on … Read more >

Logbook loans – reforming unfair, archaic law

Every year thousands of borrowers and unwitting buyers of second-hand vehicles are falling victim to unfair logbook loans because the law does not protect them. Logbook loans are a way for borrowers to use their car or van as security for a loan. The lender takes on ownership of the vehicle but the borrower can … Read more >

Misconduct in public office – unclear, ambiguous and in need of reform

More people than ever before are being accused of misconduct in public office, and recent years have seen a number of high-profile allegations, investigations and prosecutions of the offence. But the existing law does not clearly define either what is meant by “misconduct” or who holds “public office”. It is unclear, ambiguous and in need … Read more >

Simplifying technical issues in charity law

In a consultation opening today we are asking consultees for their views on potential reforms to two areas of charity law: to make consistent across all types of charity the powers for changing a charity’s purpose, and to simplify the process by which charities seek trust corporation status. The consultation, which is open until 31 … Read more >