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The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. The aim of the Commission is to ensure that the law is:

  • fair
  • modern
  • simple
  • effective
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  • Offences against the person – modernising the law on violence

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    “Reform of Offences Against the Person”, published today, sets out our recommendations for reforms that would replace the outdated Offences Against the Person Act 1861 with modern, clear and logical legislation The Act is notoriously difficult to understand and use. It refers to concepts no longer recognised in law, the language is archaic and obscure … Read more >

  • Protecting retirement flat owners from hidden fees – a consultation

    In a consultation opening today we look at what can be done to protect owners of retirement flats and their families from unexpected charges hidden in leases. Leases of retirement flats and bungalows often include a fee triggered by certain events, such as when the owner sells or sub-lets their property. These “event fees” are … Read more >

  • Reforming intellectual property law – Government consultation

    The Intellectual Property Office has opened a consultation to assess whether there would be sufficient stakeholder support to introduce our Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill into Parliament using the special procedure reserved for uncontroversial Law Commission Bills. The consultation, which opened on 22 October, asks whether stakeholders: agree that law reform in this area is … Read more >

  • Reforming intellectual property law – balancing the right to enforce with the need for innovation

    We have published a Bill that would implement the reforms we recommended in 2014 to patent, trade mark and designs, at the request of the Government. The Bill is published with an explanatory report Patents, Trade Marks and Designs: Unjustified Threats.The report also makes two new recommendations that would apply the reformed law to the … Read more >

  • A new sentencing code – consultation

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    Today we are opening the second consultation in our project to create a new sentencing code for England and Wales. The law on sentencing affects all criminal cases, and is applied in hundreds of thousands of trials and at thousands of appeals each year. But it lacks coherence and clarity: it is spread across many statutes, … Read more >