Aspects of Defamation Procedure: A scoping study

Project status: Complete

On 31 January 2002, the Lord Chancellor’s Department asked the Law Commission to undertake a scoping study into perceived abuses of defamation procedure. In particular the Lord Chancellor’s Department was concerned to find out, first, whether “gagging” writs and letters cause a problem in practice, and secondly, whether claimants routinely target those secondary publishers of … Read more >

Assisting and Encouraging Crime/ Participating in Crime

Project status: Complete

The aim of this project was to reform the law governing the criminal liability of those who encourage or assist others to commit offences. Our first report, Inchoate Liability for Assisting and Encouraging Crime, was published on 11 July 2006. The recommendations were reflected in Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. Our second, and final, … Read more >

Bail and the Human Rights Act

Project status: Complete

This project examines the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) on the law governing decisions taken by the police and the courts to grant or refuse bail in criminal proceedings, between the time when a person is charged or appears in court, and the time of the verdict or other termination of the case … Read more >

Bills of Sale

Project status: Complete

Project timeline In September 2014, HM Treasury asked the Law Commission to review the Bills of Sale Acts. Our 2016 report recommends that the Bills of Sale Acts should be repealed and replaced with modern legislation that imposes fewer burdens on lenders and provides more protection for borrowers. In the summer of 2017 we consulted … Read more >

Bribery

Project status: Complete

This project considered the full range of structural options for a scheme of bribery offences. It took into account the issues and views that have emerged since the introduction of the draft Government’s draft Corruption Bill in 2003. The review compared the law of England and Wales with the law operating in other jurisdictions and took into account … Read more >