In March 2010 the Lord Chancellor and the Law Commission for England and Wales agreed a statutory protocol governing how Government departments and the Law Commission should work together on law reform projects. The protocol is key to ensuring a productive working relationship between the Law Commission and Whitehall and is intended to increase the number of Law Commission proposals implemented by Government and to reduce the time in taking reform forward.

The protocol was provided for under the Law Commission Act 2009, which came into force on 12 January 2010.