Rights to light

Project status: Complete

A “right to light” is an easement that gives a landowner the right to receive light through defined apertures in buildings on his or her land. The owner of land that is burdened by the right cannot substantially interfere with it – for example by erecting a building in a way that blocks the light … Read more >

Search Warrants

Project status: Consultation

Download the consultation paper Download the summary Read the news story The current law A search warrant is a written authorisation that allows an investigator to enter premises to search for material or individuals. Search warrants are usually issued by a court application by a police officer or other investigator. Most search warrants authorise the … Read more >

Sentencing code

Project status: Analysis of responses

Download the youth sentencing consultation Download the full consultation Download the consultation summary The problem The law on sentencing affects all criminal cases, and is applied in hundreds of thousands of trials and thousands of appeals each year. Currently, the law lacks coherence and clarity. It is spread across many statutes, and frequent updates are brought … Read more >

Shareholder Remedies

Project status: Complete

This project reviewed the remedies available to minority shareholders who are dissatisfied with the manner in which the company of which they are a member is run.  

Sharing Homes

Project status: Complete

This discussion paper examines the property rights of those who share homes. It covers a broad range of people – not only “couples”, married or unmarried, but also friends, relatives and others who may be living together for reasons of companionship or care and support.

Simplification of the Criminal Law

Project status: Pre-project

In the 10th Programme, the Commission embarked on a programme of simplification of the criminal law, criminal evidence and procedure. Simplification involves: giving the law a clearer structure; using more modern terminology; making the law in a given area more consistent with other closely allied areas of law; making the law readily comprehensible to non lawyers … Read more >

Simplification of the Criminal Law: Kidnapping and Related Offences

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary The problem Kidnapping is an offence created by judges in the seventeenth century. There are generally 600 to 750 cases per year in which a person charged with kidnapping is brought before the courts. Many involve parents and children. The current definition is that kidnapping is an attack on … Read more >