Public should be given more search warrant protections – Law Commission

‘The laws around search warrants should be modernised with more protections put in place to protect individuals’ rights, say the Law Commission.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 5th June 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Government shelves Goods Mortgages Bill – Law Commission

Posted May 17th, 2018 in bills, Law Commission, loans, mortgages, press releases by tracey

‘The Government has announced that it will not bring forward the Law Commission’s Goods Mortgages Bill. The Bill had been announced in last year’s Queen’s Speech and would have replaced the Victorian‑era Bills of Sale Acts – bringing greater protections to those who had taken out or who had unwittingly purchased cars with so-called “logbook loans”. But following additional consultation, the Government has said it will not bring forward reform in the area in the immediate future.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 14th May 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Surrogacy laws set for reform as Law Commissions get Government backing – Law Commission

Posted May 4th, 2018 in Law Commission, press releases, surrogacy by tracey

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have started work on a review of the laws around surrogacy after Government funding was agreed.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 4th May 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Leasehold law reform work will improve lives of millions – Hopkins – Law Commission

Posted April 30th, 2018 in enfranchisement, Law Commission, leases, press releases by tracey

‘Professor Nick Hopkins has pledged that the Law Commission’s leasehold reform recommendations to government will provide a “better deal for leaseholders”. Announced as part of the 13th Programme of Law Reform, the Law Commission residential leasehold and commonhold project aims to improve consumer choice, provide greater fairness, and make the process of enfranchisement easier, quicker and more cost effective.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 27th April 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Analysing the Government response to the review of the law on deprivation of liberty – Family Law

Posted April 25th, 2018 in deprivation of liberty safeguards, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Local Government analysis: On 14 March 2018, the Government’s final response to the Law Commission review of the law on deprivation of liberty was published, which broadly agrees with most of the proposals, and more significantly, agrees to replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system. Ben Troke, partner at Browne Jacobson LLP, discusses the Government’s proposals and assesses whether they go far enough, as well as the likely timescales involved in implementing them.’

Full Story

Family Law, 23rd April 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Government to legislate for replacement of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Local Government Lawyer

‘The government has said this month that it broadly agrees with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model proposed by the Law Commission to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 21st March 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Law Commission seeks views on boosting take-up of commonhold – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 12th, 2018 in housing, Law Commission, leases, news by sally

‘The Law Commission is seeking views on why the “little-known and little used” commonhold model of home ownership has not become a popular alternative to residential leasehold.’

Full Story

OUT-LAW.com, 9th March 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Home-ownership call for evidence – help make commonhold more common – Law Commission

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in consultations, Law Commission, leases, press releases, sale of land by tracey

‘The Law Commission is asking flat owners, housebuilders, mortgage lenders and lawyers to help shape a law which could help people own their flats outright. The independent legal body wants views on a little-known and little used home ownership status called commonhold, which provides an alternative to residential leasehold.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 22nd February 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Government asks Law Commission to look at trolling laws – Law Commission

Posted February 7th, 2018 in harassment, internet, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘The government has asked the Law Commission to review the laws around offensive communications and assess whether they provide the right protection to victims online.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 6th February 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Government starts work on Law Commission health care and mental capacity recommendations – Law Commission

‘The Government has launched a new consultation looking at the regulation of health care professionals, based on recommendations from a 2014 report by the UK Law Commissions.’

Full press release

Law Commission, 1st November 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Government: ‘now is not the right time’ for review of marriage law – Family Law

‘The Government has informed the Law Commission that ‘now is not the right time’ for a full review of marriage law.’

Full Story

Family Law, 27th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Charities need right rules to run effectively – report – Law Commission

Posted September 14th, 2017 in charities, Law Commission, press releases, reports by tracey

‘Changes to the law could help charities run more effectively, according to the Law Commission. In a new report – Technical Issues in Charity Law – published today, the Commission says that problems in charity law prevent or delay legitimate charitable activities, discourage people from volunteering, and force charities to obtain professional advice that should not be necessary.’

Full press rlease

Law Commission, 14th September 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Technical consultation to simplify sentencing launched – Law Commission

Posted July 27th, 2017 in consultations, Law Commission, news, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A new consultation which looks to tidy up sentencing law has been launched by the Law Commission. Currently, the law of sentencing procedure is contained in many different Acts of Parliament, dating as far back as the 14th century. It is often not clear how the Acts apply and many use outdated and inaccessible language. So in plans published today – which do not affect current maximum or minimum sentences for criminal offences, nor replace the work of the Sentencing Council – the Law Commission offers a technical fix to modernise the law, bring greater transparency and improve efficiency.’

Full Story

Law Commission, 27th July 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Law reform could cause more challenges to wills – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 19th, 2017 in consultations, elderly, Law Commission, legislation, news, solicitors, wills by sally

‘National organisation Solicitors for the Elderly has raised concerns at proposals to overhaul the laws governing will writing claiming, saying reform will result in more court action.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 17th July 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Outdated law of wills needs “overhaul” to reflect modern world – Law Commission

Posted July 13th, 2017 in consultations, Law Commission, legislation, news, wills by tracey

‘The outdated law of wills needs an overhaul according to the Law Commission.’

Full Story

Law Commission, 13th July 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: Law Reform Now in 21st Century Britain – Brexit and Beyond – Courts and Tribunals Judicairy

Posted June 27th, 2017 in EC law, judiciary, Law Commission, legislation, speeches, treaties by tracey

‘I have taken as the first part of the title of this lecture words with which Lord Scarman would have been very familiar: Law Reform Now – the three words which formed the title of the Gerald Gardiner and Andrew Martin book which contained their blueprint for what would become the Law Commission. As Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC, in the course of tracing the origins and huge success of the Law Commission in his 2015 Scarman Lecture, recalled, it started with a proposition; one they took to be axiomatic: “. . . that much of our English law is out of date, and some of it shockingly so.” They were not wrong.’

Full speech

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

No legal barriers to social investment, but pension schemes still not investing – Law Commission

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in contribution, Law Commission, news, pensions, press releases, reports by tracey

‘There are no legal or regulatory barriers to pension schemes making social investments, according to a new report by the Law Commission.’

Full Story

Law Commission, 23rd June 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Freedom of Information Act document leaks could become criminal – The Guardian

‘Whistleblowers and journalists could be imprisoned for revealing documents that can be obtained through freedom of information requests, campaigners have warned.’

Full story

The Guardian, 14th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty: Law Commission Report Summary – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities are being detained in hospitals and care homes without the appropriate checks, due to a law unfit for purpose according to the Law Commission.’

Full story

Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th March 2017

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

People with dementia ‘failed’ by deprivation of liberty law – BBC News

‘People with dementia and learning difficulties are being detained in care without checks due to a ‘failing’ law, the Law Commission has said.’

Full story

BBC News, 13th March 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk