Update on the 14th Programme of Law Reform

In 2021 the Law Commission consulted on a new Programme of Law Reform to be agreed in due course with the Lord Chancellor. We received around 500 responses to our consultation, covering nearly 200 possibilities for law reform.

The Commission has today decided to extend the timetable for finalising the Programme. We have concluded that now is not the time to set in stone a list of projects which will determine a significant percentage of our work over the next four to five years and beyond. We are concerned that to do so will reduce our capacity to respond flexibly to law reform needs arising in the near future.

Within the extended timetable we intend to continue our discussions with Departments in Whitehall to refine the suggestions made to us as part of the public consultation. Where we have capacity to undertake new work before the programme is finalised, we will seek ministerial references for individual projects.

We will continue to work on 13th Programme projects that are already under way and also seek to commence work on several other 13th Programme projects to which we are committed, but which we have not yet started.

We are extremely grateful to all of those who took the time to respond to our 14th Programme consultation. The quality of the submissions and the breadth of ideas advanced was truly impressive. We remain committed to taking forward as many law reform proposals as possible, whether as part of the future 14th Programme or, in the meantime, as ministerial references.





Sir Nicholas Green
Chair, Law Commission
April 2022