This Report was published on 19th July.  Amongst the matters mentioned in the report as being under review are –

Misconduct in public office – a common law offence: it is not set out in any statute.  The offence is widely considered to be ill-defined and has been subject to criticism by the Government, the Court of Appeal, the press and legal academics.  The Commission is reviewing the current law with aim of providing options for reform and modernisation.

Protection of official data – in 2015 it was asked by the Cabinet Office to undertake an independent review of the law around the protection of official data, including the Official Secrets Acts, to ensure that the relevant statutes keep pace with the challenges of the 21st Century.  It working towards publication of the report in Autumn 2018.

AML/CFT – the Law Commission has been commissioned by the Home Office to review the consent provisions of the AML regime in Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and of the CFT regime in Part 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000.  The primary purpose of the review is to improve the prevention, detection and prosecution of money laundering and terrorism financing in the UK.  The review will focus on the current consent regime and analyse the benefits and problems arising from it to produce reform options.  The Report contains a analysis of the problem and possible solutions in more depth.

Search warrants – the complexity of the present law means that decisions to issue a search warrant or the way the warrant was executed are prone to error and legal challenge.  The Commission is scheduled to publish a final report by the end of 2018.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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