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Patience is a virtue

There is no secret recipe to getting reform proposals through government, but solicitors can play a major role, explains Professor Nick Hopkins, law commissioner for property, family, and trust law

11 April 2017

Q. How does the Law Commission decide what to work on?

Work comes to us in two different ways. Some of the work we do comes to us by a so-called ministerial reference so at any time a minister may ask us to consider taking on law reform work in a particular area.

We also have our programmes of law reform, which we decide every three years or so. The latest public consultation was last summer. Out of the 1,300 responses we received, we had around 220 unique law reform suggestions so we’re now in the process of turning those suggestions into what becomes our next programme.

What we look at in making that decision is how much of a problem has been identified with the law. There could be a problem because it affects lots of people or it doesn’t affect as many people but it affects them in a ve...

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