Limited Partnerships Act 1907

Project status: Complete

A project to review the law relating to limited partnerships and remove doubts that have caused concern to users of limited partnerships and their advisers. A limited partnership is an ordinary partnership with certain modifications made by the Limited Partnerships Act 1907. The main difference between an ordinary and a limited partnership is that in a limited … Read more >

London Repeal Proposals (2)

In our consultation we have identified some 94 obsolete Acts relating to London.  These Acts reflect London’s social and economic history from Tudor times through to the early 20th century.  Most of the Acts were passed to raise money to pay for particular projects such as building churches or making town improvements like street-lighting.  Once … Read more >

Lotteries

In our consultation paper we propose the repeal of some seven obsolete statutory provisions that relate to the holding of different forms of lottery. Six of the seven proposed repeals involve whole Acts which were passed in the period 1711 to 1807.  These Acts were secured so that a variety of private lotteries could be … Read more >

Marriage Law

Project status: Pre-consultation

The scoping phase In December 2014 the Government asked the Law Commission to conduct a review of the law governing how and where people can marry in England and Wales. The question underlying the review was whether the current law, which has evolved over a long period of time, provides a fair and coherent legal … Read more >

Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements

Project status: Complete

We have made recommendations to clarify the law of “financial needs” on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership and to introduce qualifying nuptial agreements in England and Wales. Many couples resolve the financial consequences of divorce or dissolution without going to court.  But where this is not possible, the courts have a very broad … Read more >

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

Project status: Complete

The project was a review of the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). The DoLS aim to protect people who lack mental capacity, but who need to be deprived of liberty so they can be given care and treatment in a hospital or care home. If a person’s right to liberty … Read more >

Mental Incapacity

Project status: Complete

Our decision to investigate the law relating to mental incapacity was made after a number of outside bodies drew problems and deficiencies in the present law to our attention. The Law Society in particular provided much of the stimulus for the review by publishing a discussion document in January 1986. An important case (Re F) … Read more >

Misconduct in Public Office

Project status: Analysis of responses

Our project Misconduct in Public Office: Issues Paper 1 – the current law (“the background paper”) was the first document to be published as part of this project. That paper began the first phase of the consultation process. The background paper set out the current law of misconduct in public office, highlighting problems that arise … Read more >