Email alerts for new reports and consultations

We are in the process of publishing on this website all the reports and consultation papers issued by the Law Commission since it was established in 1965. We are aware that emails about some of these publications were sent in error yesterday to our subscribers. We are very sorry if you received any of these … Read more >

13th Programme of Law Reform consultation now open

Today we opened the consultation for our 13th Programme of law reform. The responses we receive will inform the majority of the Law Commission’s work from 2017 to 2020. We are asking for your help to identify areas of the substantive law of England and Wales that need reform, and to prioritise those reforms. The … Read more >

Protecting consumers when retailers go under

Money paid out in advance for items from sofas to mobile phones and services such as football season tickets and even weddings can be lost if the company you are buying from goes under – especially if you have paid by cash or cheque. In a report published today we recommend that consumers paying a … Read more >

Reporting on our 50th anniversary year

The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2015-16, published today, charts the activities and achievements of our 50th anniversary year. Most significantly this year we have welcomed a new Chairman, Sir David Bean, who joined the Commission on 1 August 2015. We appointed Professor Nick Hopkins as Commissioner for property, family and trust law and extended the … Read more >

Planning law in Wales – modernised and simplified

Today we launched a consultation to find out what needs to be done to modernise and simplify planning law in Wales. Existing planning law in England and Wales is overly complicated and difficult for professionals and the public to use. It was last consolidated in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and has been … Read more >

An innovative new approach to law-making in Wales

In a report launched today we are recommending ways to make the existing law applicable in Wales clearer and simpler, and suggesting an innovative approach to law-making. Working out what the law is in Wales can be difficult for lawyers and other professionals, and particularly hard for members of the public. The volume of legislation, … Read more >

Law Commission welcomes new Chief Executive

Phil Golding, Chief Executive

Phil Golding has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Law Commission. Welcoming his appointment, Sir David Bean, Chairman of the Law Commission, said: “I am delighted that Phil Golding is our new Chief Executive. Phil is no stranger to the Law Commission, having worked here in 2004–5 as Head of Corporate Services. Since then … Read more >

Reforming the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – emerging solutions

The problems with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) can be resolved only by wholesale replacement of the DoLS and reform of the law. This is the initial conclusion we have issued in an interim statement today, following an extensive, four-month consultation. The aim of the DoLS was to provide a process for ensuring that … Read more >

Experts endorse our ‘clean sweep’ approach to sentencing reform

All cases where a conviction occurs after the introduction of our proposed new Sentencing Code would be sentenced under the new Code, no matter when the offence was committed. That is the “clean sweep” approach we are proposing in a report published today. The report, A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales: Transition, includes … Read more >