Geldards’ Cardiff office recently hosted a meeting of the Welsh Advisory Committee of the Law Commission of England and Wales. The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform where it is needed.
The Welsh Advisory Committee was formed following the passing of the Wales Act 2014, which amended the Law Commissions Act 1965 to take account of Welsh devolution, empowers the Commission to give information and advice to Welsh Ministers, and enables Welsh Ministers to refer law reform projects directly to the Commission.
The members of the Welsh Advisory Committee are drawn from practitioners, academics, the judiciary and representatives of other redress mechanisms such as the Ombudsman and represent a cross section of the legal community in Wales, who meet twice a year to act as a sounding board for views on the Law Commission’s work in Wales.
Huw Williams, vice-chair of Geldards LLP and chair of the Legal Wales Foundation commented:
“The Law Commission is playing a prominent role in the emergence of the distinct body of Welsh statute law and consequently we were delighted to be able to facilitate the Welsh Advisory Committee’s first meeting for 2019 to coincide with the Commission’s visit to Cardiff to give evidence at the National Assembly on the Legislation (Wales) Bill."
Nicholas Paines QC, Law Commissioner for Welsh Law, said:
“We are very grateful to Geldards LLP for hosting the latest Welsh Advisory Committee meeting and to members of the Committee for their valuable contribution to our work in Wales. Our commitment to law reform in Wales is stronger than ever. Our reports on Form and Accessibility of the Law and Planning Law in Wales signal a real move towards a more accessible and coherent Welsh statute book. The Welsh Advisory Committee will remain a key component in law reform delivering real benefits to the people of Wales."
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