Consents to Prosecution

Project status: Complete

The report that concludes this project recommends reforms designed to rationalise one of the procedural mechanisms used to control the prosecution process – the requirement in respect of certain offences that, as a condition precedent to the institution of criminal proceedings, the consent of either a Law Officer or the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) … Read more >

Conservation covenants

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary The problem A conservation covenant is an agreement between a landowner and a body like a charity or public body to do or not do something on their land for a conservation purpose. This might be, for example, an agreement to maintain woodland and allow public access to it, … Read more >

Conspiracy and Attempts

Project status: Complete

This project reviewed the law governing the criminal liability of those who agree, or attempt, to commit offences. The project We published our report “Conspiracy and Attempts”, including a draft Bill, on 10 December 2009. The report follows our consultation paper, which we published on 10 October 2007. In our report we make recommendations on statutory conspiracy to: … Read more >

Conspiracy to Defraud

Project status: Complete

We announced in November 1994 our intention to embark on a comprehensive review of offences of dishonesty, including those created by the Theft Acts 1968 and 1978. We concluded in December 1994 that, for practical reasons conspiracy to defraud performs a useful role in the existing law of dishonesty, and that it should remain intact … Read more >

Consultation for the 13th Programme of Law Reform

On 14 December 2017 the Law Commission published its 13th Programme of Law Reform. To make sure our work is as relevant and informed as possible, the Law Commission consults widely when we draw up our programmes of law reform. To help us compile our 13th Programme, we are asking for suggestions from you about … Read more >

Consumer Insurance Law: Pre-Contract Disclosure and Misrepresentation

Project status: Complete

The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission recommended the creation of a new consumer statute setting out what a consumer should tell their insurer before taking out insurance. The law under the Marine Insurance Act 1906 requires consumers to volunteer information about everything which a “prudent insurer” would consider relevant. We think this duty … Read more >

Consumer Prepayments on Retailer Insolvency

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary The problem Prepayments are popular because they can be used to budget for big spends, such as Christmas, or as a deposit for major purchases like cars or new kitchens. On a smaller scale, gift vouchers and cards solve the dilemma of choosing the “right” gift. However, if the … Read more >

Consumer Redress for Misleading and Aggressive Practices

Project status: Complete

The regulations form part of a package of measures to clarify consumer law.  These measures will draw on three joint reports by the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission. Read more about our consumer rights work and the legislation. This is a joint project with the Scottish Law Commission.  It was formerly referred to as the … Read more >

Consumer Remedies for Faulty Goods

Project status: Complete

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 forms part of a package of measures to clarify consumer law. These measures draw on three joint reports by the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission.Read more about our consumer rights work and the Bill. The problem Currently, UK consumers have a legal “right to reject” faulty goods. This means a … Read more >

Contempt of Court

Project status: Pre-project

“Contempt of court” covers a wide variety of conduct which undermines or has the potential to undermine the course of justice, and the procedures which are designed to deal with them. The law governing contempt of court is vast. The Law Commission’s consultation paper on contempt of court was published in November 2012. It focused … Read more >