Law Commission (England and Wales)

In England and Wales the Law Commission (Welsh: Comisiwn y Gyfraith) is an independent law commission set up by Parliament by the Law Commissions Act 1965[1] to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reforms. The organisation is headed by a Chairman (currently Sir Nicholas Green,[2] a judge of the Court of Appeal) and four Law Commissioners. It proposes changes to the law that will make the law simpler, more accessible, fairer, modern and more cost-effective. It consults widely on its proposals and in the light of the responses to public consultation, it presents recommendations to the UK Parliament that, if legislated upon, would implement its law reform recommendations. The commission is part of the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies.

Law Commission
Comisiwn y Gyfraith
Law Commission logo
England and Wales within the UK and Europe
Established1965 (1965)
TypeAdvisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice
Legal statusCreated by the Law Commissions Act 1965
PurposeTo keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where needed
Headquarters52 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AG
Coordinates51.5003°N 0.1341°W / 51.5003; -0.1341
Region served
Primarily England and Wales
Occasionally Northern Ireland
Rarely the Crown dependencies and the British Overseas Territories
Official languages
De jure: English and Welsh
De facto and working language: English
Sir Nicholas Green
Chief Executive
Phil Golding