Firearms

Project status: Complete

As we discussed in our earlier scoping consultation paper, a number of pressing problems undermine the effectiveness of the law regulating the possession and acquisition of firearms. The responses we received to our consultation confirmed that these problems are not theoretical, but cause real difficulty in practice. The aims of the recommendations contained within our … Read more >

Forfeiture and the Law of Succession

Project status: Complete

There is a rule of law, known as the forfeiture rule, which states that a person may not inherit from someone whom he or she has unlawfully killed. In 2000 the Court of Appeal decided that the forfeiture rule, when applied alongside the rules on intestate succession, disinherits not only the killer, but also the … Read more >

Fraud and Deception

Project status: Complete

We consulted on this project in April 1999 and published our final report in 2002, along with a draft Bill. Our final report made recommendations for reforming and simplifying the law of fraud, by repealing the eight offences of deception created by the Theft Acts 1968–96 and abolishing the common law crime of conspiracy to … Read more >

Hate Crime

Project status: Complete

What is hate crime? A crime is recorded by police and the Crown Prosecution Service as a hate crime if the victim or anyone else believes it was motivated by hostility based on a personal characteristic of the victim. The police and CPS record data on hate crimes for five personal characteristics, that is, where … Read more >