Housing: Encouraging Responsible Letting

Project status: Complete

This project, which arises out of our previous work on housing law reform and tribunals, aimed to identify and address regulatory challenges in the private rented sector. It was the first project we undertook jointly with the Welsh Assembly Government. (Housing is a policy area devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.) In this project we were not … Read more >

Housing: Proportionate Dispute Resolution

Project status: Complete

In this project we set out to review the law and practice on how housing disputes are resolved, with the aim of reforming it to make it simple, effective, fair and proportionate. In May 2004, the Department for Constitutional Affairs asked us to look at how housing disputes are dealt with. The Department’s White Paper, Transforming … Read more >


Project status: Complete

Where a claimant in a civil action has been involved in illegal activities, how far should this prevent them from enforcing their normal legal rights? This project looks at the way that the law of trusts, contract, unjust enrichment and tort responds when a claimant has been involved in some form of illegal conduct connected to … Read more >

Immigration Consolidation

Project status: Pre-project

The Windrush Lessons Learned Review, which was published in March 2020, drew attention to the complexity of immigration and nationality law and included this recommendation: Reduce the complexity of immigration and nationality law, immigration rules and guidance Recommendation 21 – Building on the Law Commission’s review of the Immigration Rules the Home Secretary should request … Read more >

Insanity and Automatism

Project status: Complete

When should a person not be criminally liable because of their mental condition at the time they committed an alleged offence?  This is the question posed by what is called the defence of “insanity”. Similarly, a person might not be criminally liable because they lacked conscious control of their actions at the time of committing … Read more >

Insurance Contract Law

This is a joint project with the Scottish law Commission. We began work in January 2006 when the teams at the two Commissions issued a scoping paper, inviting views on which areas of insurance contract law were in need of reform. In the light of the responses received, the teams published a second paper setting … Read more >

Insurance Contract Law: Business Disclosure, Warranties, Insurers’ Remedies for Fraudulent Claims, and Late Payment

Project status: Complete

On 15 July 2014, the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission presented to Government recommendations for reform of the law in four areas of insurance law: The duty of disclosure in business and other non-consumer insurance The law of insurance warranties Insurer’s remedies for fraudulent claims Late payment of insurance claims These reforms would … Read more >

Insurance Contract Law: Insurable Interest

Project status: Analysis of responses

Download the accompanying notes to the draft Bill Download the draft Bill Download the response form The problem At its simplest, the requirement for insurable interest means that, for a contract of insurance to be valid, the person taking out the insurance must be affected by the subject matter of the insurance. They must stand … Read more >