Lord Irvine appoints to Law Commission

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has appointed a judge and a university professor to the Law Commission.

Judge Alan Wilkie QC, who is based at Luton Crown Court, and Professor Hugh Beale from the University of Warwick will join the body as of 1 January 2000.

The Law Commission consists of a chairman and four commissioners who sit for five-year periods. It considers legislature reform and recommends changes.

Beale, who was called to the bar in 1971, has acted as a consultant to the commission on previous occasions and will concentrate on common law issues.

Wilkie, who will be responsible for criminal law, has sat in the Crown Court since 1992. When in practice, he specialised in employment, local government work and education.

The appointments follow the resignations of present incumbents Professor An-drew Burrows and Stephen Silber QC earlier this year. Both had served their five- year terms.

Appointments to the commission are by invitation of the Lord Chancellor only.