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

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 Our 2016 report recommends that the Bills of Sale Acts should be repealed and replaced with modern legislation that imposes fewer burdens on lenders and provides more protection for borrowers.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 summer 2017 we consulted on draft clauses, which … 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 >

Capital and Income In Trusts: Classification and Apportionment

Project status: Complete

This project considered ways of clarifying and simplifying the rules governing the treatment of trust receipts and outgoings as capital or income, and options for reducing the limitations preventing trustees who have to distinguish between income and capital from investing on a “total return” basis.  In particular, the project was concerned with the implications of … Read more >