Protection of Official Data

Project status: Complete

Read the full report here. Read a summary of the report here. The problem In the last twenty years, new communications and data technology has changed the nature of espionage and leaks. For example, hostile states can conduct cyber-attacks on the UK through multiple servers across multiple countries. At the same time, the potential impact … Read more >

Criminal Records Disclosure

Project status: Complete

Non-disclosure of certain criminal convictions and cautions In July 2016 we were requested by the Home Office to review one specific aspect of the criminal records disclosure system, known as “filtering”. In very simple terms, the filtering system provides a framework which regulates when an individual has to disclose convictions and cautions even though they … Read more >

Enforcement of Family Financial Orders

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary Read the news story The problem Each year thousands of separating couples apply to the courts for financial orders. These are payments which a court decides partners must pay to one another, to support an ex-partner for example. Sometimes these orders are not complied with. The law of enforcement … Read more >

Patents, Trade Marks and Designs: Unjustified Threats

Project status: Complete

The Act The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and came into force on 1 October 2017.  The Act inserts new threats provisions into the main Acts and Regulations for patents, trade marks and designs. The new Act creates a framework within which parties can negotiate fairly over … Read more >

13eg Raglen ar gyfer Diwygio’r Gyfraith – galw am syniadau

Project status: Pre-project

Sefydlwyd Comisiwn y Gyfraith gan Ddeddf Comisiynau’r Gyfraith 1965, i bwrpas hyrwyddo diwygio’r gyfraith. Mae’r Ddeddf yn ei gwneud yn ofynnol i Gomisiwn y Gyfraith dderbyn ac ystyried cynigion ar gyfer diwygio’r gyfraith. Mae’n rhaid i Gomisiwn y Gyfraith hefyd baratoi a chyflwyno Rhaglenni cyfnodol i’r Arglwydd Ganghellor, sy’n archwilio gwahanol ganghennau o’r gyfraith gyda … Read more >

Misconduct in Public Office

Project status: Complete

Download the full report here. Download a summary of the full report here. Download a Welsh version of the summary here. The current offence and its problems Misconduct in public office is a common law offence: it is not defined in any statute. It carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The offence requires that: … Read more >