Intermediated securities

Project status: Complete

Download the scoping paper on intermediated securities here Download the summary of the scoping paper on intermediated securities here The problem In the modern era, when you decide to invest in shares or bonds, you are unlikely to receive a paper certificate. Instead, most investors “own” securities through  computerised credit entries in a register called … Read more >

Hate Crime

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download a summary of the report Download a Welsh summary of the report Download an Easy Read summary of the report The Problem Hate crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are. Hate crime laws in England and Wales have developed in various phases over … Read more >

Automated Vehicles

Project status: Complete

Documents Summary of automated vehicles: joint report Automated Vehicles: joint report Background Papers Analysis of responses to Consultation Paper 3 All responses to Consultation Paper 3 Impact assessment Overview Overview (Welsh translation)   The project Our work began in 2018 when the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) asked the Law Commission of England … Read more >

Confiscation under Part 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary of the report Download the impact assessment Our project  In 2018, the Home Office commissioned a Law Commission project with the objective of reforming Part 2 of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Our Consultation Paper considers how the existing statutory framework could be improved with the following objectives in … Read more >

Residential leasehold and commonhold

Project status: Complete

All three residential leasehold and commonhold reports were published on 21 July 2020. Further details are available on the project-specific pages by following the above links. Summary: The future of home ownership: download our summary of all three residential leasehold and commonhold reports and how they fit with Government’s own reforms. At a glance: the … Read more >

Leasehold enfranchisement

Project status: Complete

Download the full report on leasehold enfranchisement. Download the summary of the report on leasehold enfranchisement. Other documents relating to the project are available from the drop-down menus at the bottom of this page. We also published our reports on commonhold (“Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership”) and the right to manage (“Leasehold home … Read more >

Electronic execution of documents

Project status: Complete

Download the Electronic Execution of Documents report. Download the summary paper. Download the Welsh summary of the paper. The problem The law relating to signatures and other formal documentary requirements has a history spanning centuries. In today’s world, individuals, consumers and businesses demand modern, convenient methods for entering into binding transactions. Technological developments have changed … Read more >

Smart contracts

Project status: Complete

Download the paper on smart legal contracts here Download the summary of the paper on smart legal contracts here The issue Emerging technologies, such as distributed ledgers, are increasingly used to create “smart contracts”: computer programs which run automatically, in whole or in part, without the need for human intervention. Smart contracts can perform transactions … Read more >

Right to Manage

Project status: Complete

Download the full report on the right to manage. Download the summary of the report on the right to manage. Other documents relating to the project are available from the drop-down menus at the bottom of this page. We also published our reports on enfranchisement (“Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease”) … Read more >

Updating the Land Registration Act 2002

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the report summary The problem An effective land registration law is essential for everyone who owns land, whether the land is a home, a business or an investment. But dealings and disputes that engage the land registration regime can be complex and require expert advice. Uncertainty in the regime makes advising … Read more >