Friendly Societies

Project status: Pre-consultation

The Law Commission has been asked by HM Treasury to review the legal framework governing friendly societies.   About friendly societies   A friendly society is an organisation which provides insurance or other benefits to its members, funded by its members. In providing schemes of mutual support, friendly societies can serve an important commercial purpose, especially in … Read more >

Co-operatives and community benefit societies

Project status: Pre-consultation

The Law Commission has been asked by HM Treasury to review the legal framework governing co-operatives and community benefit societies.  About co-operatives and community benefit societies  Co-operatives and community benefit societies are business associations. They are alternatives, for example, to companies and partnerships.   In rough terms, co-operatives do not prioritise making profits to reward investors. … Read more >

Cyfraith Amaethyddol yng Nghymru

Project status: Pre-project

Click here to read the English version of this page Y broblem Mae’r gyfraith sy’n llywodraethu’r sector amaethyddol yng Nghymru wedi’i thaenu ar draws clytwaith o ddeddfwriaeth. Mae hyn yn ei gwneud yn anodd cael mynediad at y gyfraith ac, mewn mannau, yn anodd ei deall. Bydd Comisiwn y Gyfraith yn ystyried ac yn gwneud … Read more >

Agricultural Law in Wales

Project status: Pre-project

Pwyswch yma i ddarllen y fersiwn Cymraeg o’r tudalen The problem The law which governs the agricultural sector in Wales is spread across a patchwork of legislation. This makes the law difficult to access and, in places, hard to understand. The Law Commission will be considering, and making recommendations on, how to make the law … Read more >

Digital Assets Which Court Which Law

Project status: Pre-project

This project is now available here https://lawcom.gov.uk/project/digital-assets-and-etds-in-private-international-law-which-court-which-law/

Kinship Care

Project status: Pre-project

Reforming the law to facilitate kinship care for children. The problem Kinship care has been defined as: “Any situation in which a child is being raised in the care of a friend or family member who is not their parent for a significant amount of the time. The arrangement may be temporary or longer term.” … Read more >

Rights and Obligations Relating to Funerary Methods, Funerals and Remains

Project status: Pre-project

The problem  At present the decisions that a person makes about what happens to their body after they die are not binding, although they may be afforded some weight. This strand of the Burial, Cremation and New Funerary Methods project will consider whether such decisions should be made binding, and will look at the different … Read more >

New Funerary Methods

Project status: Pre-project

The problem  Burial and cremation are currently in use as funerary methods in England and Wales, but companies are also developing new funerary methods. These include:  alkaline hydrolysis, which uses water and alkaline chemicals, and heat, to break down a body into a sterile liquid and bone fragments; and  human composting, which involves keeping a … Read more >

Burial and Cremation

Project status: Pre-consultation

The problem Burial law is governed by a patchwork of legislation, some of which dates to the 1850s. There are different laws in place for burial grounds which are operated by local authorities, the Church of England, and private burial grounds. This complex picture has emerged as a result of different historical development, and it … Read more >

Defences for victims of domestic abuse who kill their abusers

Project status: Pre-consultation

The problem As part of its response to Clare Wade KC’s Domestic Homicide Sentencing Review, the Government has asked the Law Commission to review the use of defences in domestic homicide cases. In 2004 the Law Commission made recommendations for reform of the partial defences to murder including provocation (now loss of control) and diminished … Read more >