Mr Justice Fraser appointed Chair of the Law Commission

The Government has today announced the appointment of Sir Peter Fraser as the new Chair of the Law Commission of England and Wales.

Sir Peter will play a pivotal role in overseeing the Commission’s law reform and making key strategic decisions. Alongside the other Commissioners, he will be instrumental in leading the Commission’s work to ensure that the law is fair, modern, simple and cost effective.

Taking up his role on 1 December 2023, Sir Peter will serve for three years and has declared no political affiliation.

Departing Chair, Sir Nicholas Green said:

“I am delighted to welcome Sir Peter Fraser as the new Chair of the Law Commission. His expertise and skills will be invaluable in leading the Law Commission to deliver effective law reform in an exciting period of change.

“I am confident that under Sir Peter’s leadership the Law Commission will continue to excel, and I wish him the very best of luck.


Sir Peter Fraser said:

“I am honoured to have been appointed as Chair of the Law Commission of England and Wales.

“The Commission has a world-renowned reputation for excellence in law reform that is modern, simple and effective. I very much look forward to contributing to this important work, building on the excellent work of my predecessor to continue the high reputation of our legal system worldwide.”

Mr Justice Fraser

Mr Justice Fraser was educated at Harrogate Grammar School in Yorkshire and St John’s College at the University of Cambridge (where he took both an MA in Law and a LL.M). He was called to the Bar in 1989 by Middle Temple and practised from Atkin Chambers between 1990 and 2015 when he was appointed to the King’s Bench Division. As a barrister he specialised in international arbitration, technology, engineering and construction disputes. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2002 and QC in 2009. He sits both as a judge of the Technology and Construction Court (being judge in Charge from 2017 to 2020) and the Commercial Court.