Trustees’ Powers and Duties

Project status: Complete

The aim of this project was to review the law governing trustees’ powers to invest trust funds in default of the inclusion of express powers of investment in the will or trust instrument, and to consider, for England and Wales, a range of reforms, intended to facilitate more effective trust administration, including: collective delegation by trustees … Read more >

Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts

Project status: Complete

The project This project updated and implemented a previous report on unfair terms, but only for contracts between consumers and businesses. In 2005, the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission made recommendations to reform the law of unfair terms. The report and associated consultation paper can be found here. In May 2012, the Department for … Read more >

Unfair Terms in Contracts

Project status: Complete

In 2001, the Department of Trade and Industry asked the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission to rewrite the law of unfair contract terms as a single regime, in clearer and more accessible language. We were also asked to consider whether the law should do more to protect businesses, particularly small businesses. The project responded … Read more >

Unfitness to Plead

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the draft bill Download the report summary The problem The law relating to unfitness to plead addresses what should happen when a defendant who faces prosecution is unable to engage with the process because of their mental or physical condition. The law aims to balance the rights of the vulnerable defendant … 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 >

Weddings

Project status: Analysis of responses

Download the Consultation Paper Download the Summary of the Consultation Paper Download the Welsh Summary of the Consultation Paper Download the At-a-glance Summary of the Consultation Paper Download an easy read Summary of the Consultation Paper  Watch a series of video presentations summarising our provisional proposals. (This project was previously called “Marriage Law”) The problem … Read more >

Wildlife Law

Project status: Complete

Download the final report Download the first report: Wildlife Law: Control of Invasive Non-native Species. Download the report summary The problem Over the last decade, wildlife protection and the sustainable management of our natural heritage have become increasingly regarded as key policy aims for Government. However, the legal framework for wildlife management is overly complicated, … Read more >

Wills

Project status: Analysis of responses

We launched our public consultation on reforming the law of wills on 13 July 2017. The consultation period closed on 10 November 2017 and we have been analysing the responses we received and developing our final policy. The remaining stages of our work will be to complete our analysis and policy formulation, to prepare a … Read more >