Anti-money laundering

Project status: Consultation

Download the consultation Download the summary The problem Money laundering is the process where criminals hide the origins of their illegally gained money. Money laundering is estimated to cost every household in the UK £255 a year and allows criminals to profit from their crimes. It is widespread, with between 0.7 and 1.28% of annual … Read more >

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 >

Automated Vehicles

Project status: Pre-project

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has asked the Law Commission to undertake a far-reaching review of the UK’s legal framework for automated vehicles. In a joint project with the Scottish Law Commission, we will be considering a wide variety of areas of law, ranging from road traffic legislation to product liability. We … 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

Download the final report Download the report summary The problem Bills of sale are a way for people to use their goods as security for loans while retaining possession of those goods. They are mostly used for logbook loans – loans against cars – a high-cost form of credit regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. … Read more >