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: Complete

Download the scoping report Download the summary The problem The main law which governs marriage is from 1836 and has failed to keep pace with modern Britain. How and where marriages can take place is tightly regulated. At present, couples have to make a choice between a religious or a civil ceremony. If a couple … Read more >

Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the report summary The problem Divorce and the dissolution of civil partnership almost always have financial consequences. 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 discretion to redistribute the parties’ property and income. … Read more >

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary Download the Easy Read summary The problem The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 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 needs … 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 >

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.