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 >

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 >