14 new areas of law set for reform – Law Commission

Surrogacy, residential leasehold, driverless cars and smart contracts are all to be reviewed by the Law Commission. These are just some of the 14 new project areas unveiled today as part of its 13th Programme of Law Reform, whittled down from a record 220 individual project ideas in the responses to its public consultation. The … Read more >

SIMPLIFY PLANNING LAWS IN WALES TO CREATE NEW HOMES

This story is available in Welsh. A new planning code for Wales is needed to get the country building and further protect heritage and the environment, says the Law Commission. England and Wales’s independent law reform agency says that complex and overlapping planning laws – contained in over 30 Acts of Parliament – slow down … Read more >

Draft Sentencing Code on legislation.gov.uk

The Law Commission’s Sentencing Code has become the first-ever draft Bill uploaded to legislation.gov.uk. As part of its commitment to open public consultation, the Commission has worked closely with the National Archive to bring forward this exciting new development. It’s hoped that this innovation will allow consultees to interact with and test the proposals to … Read more >

Government says “not the right time” for review of marriage law

The Government has written to the Law Commission to say it’s not the right time for a full review of marriage law, but hasn’t ruled out further work in the future. In December 2015 a scoping report from the Law Commission identified issues with the way marriages were conducted in England and Wales. It highlighted … Read more >

Events: Have your say on our Sentencing Code plans

As part of the Law Commission’s consultation on a new sentencing code it will host a series of free public events. Currently, the law of sentencing procedure is contained in many different Acts of Parliament, dating as far back as the 14th century. It is often not clear how the Acts apply and many use … Read more >

Charities need right rules to run effectively – report

Reforms to charity law could save millions

Changes to the law could help charities run more effectively, according to the Law Commission. In a new report – Technical Issues in Charity Law – published today, the Commission says that problems in charity law prevent or delay legitimate charitable activities. Discourage people from volunteering. And force charities to obtain professional advice that should … Read more >

Have your say on wills proposals

Archive: The consultation closed on 10 November 2017. See the latest on the project here. As part of the Law Commission’s consultation on the laws around making a will it will host a series of free public events. Law Commissioner Professor Nick Hopkins and the project team will set out their proposals for change and … Read more >

Technical consultation to simplify sentencing launched

A new consultation which looks to tidy up sentencing law has been launched by the Law Commission. Currently, the law of sentencing procedure is contained in many different Acts of Parliament, dating as far back as the 14th century. It is often not clear how the Acts apply and many use outdated and inaccessible language. … Read more >