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 >

Misuse of Trade Secrets

Project status: Consultation

This consultation exercise examined the question as to whether there should be criminal liability for the deliberate misuse of the trade secrets of another.


Project status: Complete

In our 2004 report, “Partial Defences to Murder”, we described the current law on murder as “a mess” and recommended a complete review of the law of murder. In October 2004, the Home Office announced that such a review would take place. This was confirmed on 21 July 2005 when the then Home Office Minister … Read more >

Offences against Religion and Public Worship

Project status: Complete

We published a report on Offences against Religion and Public Worship (LC145) in 1985. The principal recommendation of this report made its way on to the statute book after 23 years. The repeal of blasphemy and blasphemous libel, as recommended, was effected by section 79 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, which came into … Read more >

Offences against the Person

Project status: Complete

This is a scoping project forming part of our Eleventh Programme of law reform. The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is widely recognised as being outdated. It uses archaic language and follows a Victorian legislative approach of listing separate offences for individual factual scenarios, many of which are no longer necessary (for example, the … Read more >

Parliamentary Costs Bill

Project status: Complete

The Bill which is the subject of this report consolidates the legislation about the costs relating to Parliamentary proceedings on private Bills. The Bill extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A joint report with the Scottish Law Commission.