Annual report 2021-22 published

The Law Commission’s Annual Report 2021-22 has been published.

This story is also available in Welsh (Mae’r stori hon ar gael yn y Gymraeg hefyd).

The annual report highlights the work that the Commission has done over the past twelve months, such as:

  • Publishing eight major reports since the last annual report, covering topics such as electronic trade documents, hate crime and automated vehicles.
  • Publishing two Wales-specific reports on coal tips and devolved tribunals in Wales which were laid in the Senedd.
  • Seeing the implementation of several of our law reforms by Government, such as recommendations on communications and cyberflashing offences in the Online Safety Bill and recommendations on espionage offences in the National Security Bill.
  • Discussing possible new projects for our 14th Programme after our consultation, which closed in July 2021, received over 200 worked-up proposals from professional and representative groups and hundreds of other suggestions from members of the public.
  • Operating under our new governance and funding model, agreed with the Lord Chancellor and Ministry of Justice, which has allowed us to continue to deliver high quality and timely law reform.
  • Continuing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, after the publication of our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, by recruiting a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator and promoting a range of training and development initiatives within and beyond the organisation.

Sir Nicholas Green, Chair of the Law Commission said:

The past 12 months have been exceptionally busy, with our teams engaged in over 20 law reform projects at any one time.

“From driverless cars to weddings law, we have published a vast array of proposals and recommendations for Government, each designed to support our longstanding wider objective: to make the law fairer, simpler, more modern and more efficient.

“We continue to work closely with departments across Whitehall, as we aim to build on our progress over the last year through the establishment new law reform projects. We are proud of the high approval rate of our proposals within Government. This reflects the rigour of our analysis, but also the fact that there is real trust that Law Commission proposals are effective, balanced and evidence-based.

“The Law Commission remains in good health. I wish to take this opportunity to express my thanks and admiration of everyone at the Commission, along with those external to the organisation who have supported our work.”