NEC ECC: No X2 but law change leads to change to Works Information/Scope?

If no X2 is included in a Contractors contract, changes in law that affect the project are the Contractors risk.

However, if the change in law requires an instruction to change the Works Information would this now be a recoverable compensation event to the Contractor under clause 60.1(1)?

Yes, if the Client’s/Employer’s WI is changed then it is a change in WI and therefore a CE (assuming it is not due to a default by the Contractor)