The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. The aim of the Commission is to ensure that the law is:

  • fair
  • modern
  • simple
  • cost effective

Latest news

  • Arbitration Bill re-introduced to Parliament

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    The Arbitration Bill was introduced into Parliament today. The Bill enacts the recommendations of the Law Commission to reform arbitration law. The Law Commission was asked by the Government to review the Arbitration Act 1996, to determine whether there might be any amendments to be made in order to ensure that it is fit for … Read more >

  • King’s Speech – Leasehold and Commonhold Reform

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    Today in the King’s Speech the Government announced that it will be taking forward the Law Commission recommendations relating to leasehold and commonhold. Millions of leaseholders are likely to benefit from these changes. The Commissioner responsible for the recommendations, Professor Nick Hopkins said, “I welcome the Government’s commitment to implementing the Law Commission’s recommendations. As I … Read more >

  • Law Commission publishes scoping paper on Decentralised Autonomous Organisations

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    Today, the Law Commission has published a scoping paper looking into how Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) can be characterised and how the law of England and Wales might accommodate them now and in the future. The paper seeks to identify current issues around DAOs to inform any future law reform or innovations. The term “DAO” describes, … Read more >

  • Law Commission launches consultation on Contempt of Court


    Today, the Law Commission publishes a consultation paper reviewing the law on contempt of court. A summary of the paper is here and the full consultation paper is here. “Contempt of court” refers to a wide variety of conduct that may impede or interfere with the administration of justice. For example, taking photographs in a … Read more >

  • Annual report 2023-24 published

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    The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2023-24 has been published.  The annual report highlights the work the Law Commission has done from October 2023 to March 2024. We would like to thank colleagues across the Law Commission for their input and contribution to this annual report. This has been a particularly busy and productive period in … Read more >