Claims for Wrongful Death

Project status: Complete

When a person is killed through the fault of another, family members and some other persons are able to claim compensation under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 for losses they suffer as a result of the death. This project reviewed the availability of compensation in such cases. Our aim was to bring this area of the … Read more >

Cohabitation

Project status: Complete

In this project we focus on the financial hardship suffered by cohabitants or their children on the termination of their relationship by separation or death. We concentrated in particular on the following issues: Whether cohabitants should have access to any remedies providing periodical payments, lump sums, or transfers of property from one party to the … Read more >

Housing: Proportionate Dispute Resolution

Project status: Complete

In this project we set out to review the law and practice on how housing disputes are resolved, with the aim of reforming it to make it simple, effective, fair and proportionate. In May 2004, the Department for Constitutional Affairs asked us to look at how housing disputes are dealt with. The Department’s White Paper, Transforming … Read more >

Capital and Income In Trusts: Classification and Apportionment

Project status: Complete

This project considered ways of clarifying and simplifying the rules governing the treatment of trust receipts and outgoings as capital or income, and options for reducing the limitations preventing trustees who have to distinguish between income and capital from investing on a “total return” basis.  In particular, the project was concerned with the implications of … Read more >

Housing: Encouraging Responsible Letting

Project status: Complete

This project, which arises out of our previous work on housing law reform and tribunals, aimed to identify and address regulatory challenges in the private rented sector. It was the first project we undertook jointly with the Welsh Assembly Government. (Housing is a policy area devolved to the National Assembly for Wales.) In this project we were not … Read more >

Assisting and Encouraging Crime/ Participating in Crime

Project status: Complete

The aim of this project was to reform the law governing the criminal liability of those who encourage or assist others to commit offences. Our first report, Inchoate Liability for Assisting and Encouraging Crime, was published on 11 July 2006. The recommendations were reflected in Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. Our second, and final, … Read more >

Administrative Redress: Public Bodies and the Citizen

Project status: Complete

The purpose of this project was to review the law in relation to redress from public bodies for substandard administrative action. Our key objective in the project was to achieve the correct balance between fairness to aggrieved citizens and appropriate protections to public bodies and the public funds they use. The project On 26 May 2010, … Read more >

Insanity and Automatism

Project status: Complete

We published a discussion paper on 23 July 2013 with our provisional proposals for reform of the defences of insanity and automatism, based on lack of capacity. Work in this area is paused for the moment. When should a person not be criminally liable because of their mental condition at the time they committed an … Read more >