Current project status
The current status of this project is: Complete.
List of project stages:
- Analysis of responses
- Initiation: Could include discussing scope and terms of reference with lead Government Department
- Pre-consultation: Could include approaching interest groups and specialists, producing scoping and issues papers, finalising terms of project
- Consultation: Likely to include consultation events and paper, making provisional proposals for comment
- Policy development: Will include analysis of consultation responses. Could include further issues papers and consultation on draft Bill
- Reported: Usually recommendations for law reform but can be advice to government, scoping report or other recommendations
This project is complete.
In March 1990 the Lord Chancellor made a reference to the Commission: to examine the law relating to payments made but not lawfully due and in particular the common law rule that payments made under a mistake of law are irrecoverable, and to make recommendations.
In 1991 we published a consultation paper, in which we dealt with payments made under a mistake of law and, in the case of payments to and by public authorities, all ultra vires payments. As a result of consultation we were granted an extension to our terms of reference to include services rendered and nonpecuniary benefits conferred under a mistake of law.
Area of law
Commercial and common law