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For questions specific to the United Kingdom. Note that the UK does not have a common legal system across its jurisdictions - consider using [scotland] or [england-and-wales] or [northern-ireland].

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Can I be held liable for tax obligations by simply accepting Ordinary Shares without further action? [migrated]

I've been granted the opportunity to accept a certain number of Ordinary (voting) shares with a nominal value of £0.01 each, along with an exercise option. This option allows me to exercise these ...
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Does the UK have an equivalent to the Cheek defence?

In essence, in the UK, can someone raise a defence of an unreasonable yet good-faith misunderstanding if charged with tax evasion? In Cheek v. US, the US Supreme Court stated that a defendant’s mere ...
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What does the following mean in my dad's UK will?

Absolute Residuary Gift SUBJECT to the trusts DECLARED above my Executors SHALL HOLD my estate for the trustees of THE [name of trust] FAMILY PROBATE TRUST absolutely
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Acting as middle-man in money transfer [closed]

I live in UK, and I have a step-son who lives in China. He has a small internet-business with customers in the US, EU and Japan, and they pay him via paypal account. I manage the UK bank account that ...
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Why doesn't UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission accept complaints from public, when Canadian and provincial Human Rights Commissions do?

The public can complain to the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) on its online complaint form, or Alberta Human Rights Commission, BC Human Rights Tribunal, etc. It is obvious why I am agape ...
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Dual Criminality for weapons?

The various forms of defensive spray, like pepper spray, are illegal in the United Kingdom under the Firearms Act for civilians to carry. In the Kingdom of Spain, certain pepper spray brands are legal ...
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Is it legal in the United Kingdom to discriminate on hiring due to business dealings with sanctioned countries?

I've had a qualified candidate apply to one of my job postings. He is Iranian with indefinite leave to remain in the UK. However he has a business interest in Iran where he sells VPNs with bitcoin ...
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Redundancy due to Organisational Restructure

Bob has been made redundant today due to "Organisational Restructure" process and let go immediatelly. He has been there for 18 months and the notice period was 1 month. The company offers ...
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What is theft when not permanent

I was looking into the definition of theft in the UK and found (emphasis mine): Theft is defined by section 1 of the Theft Act 1968 as the dishonest appropriation of property belonging to another ...
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Is this protest group committing a crime by moving food into a shop's donations bin?

A Scottish group called This Is Rigged, protesting the cost of living crisis, has been entering supermarkets and moving items such as food and baby formula from the shelves straight into the food bank ...
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Will I be given chance to research and call my own solicitor/lawyer after being arrested

Say I am arrested tomorrow for a serious criminal offense which I did not commit. It would be a complete surprise to me, and being an ordinary person I don't have any relationships or knowledge of ...
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The reasonableness in UK stalking laws

Deos the behaviour have to be unreasonable or does the behaviour have to cause distress in a reasonable person? These seem to be non-identical points, as I can point to instances where unreasonable ...
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Do you have a legal right to stop a card payment by email?

According to Citizens Advice it is the law that you can stop a card payment. They also say you can do this by email. It is not completely clear if you can put these two statements together and get ...
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Would a GDPR SAR cover the evidence an online company would be expected to provide to enforce a contractual debt?

It is in the news that HelloFresh is accused of charging people for deliveries they did not request, and said they would "send a third-party debt collector round" in the case of non-payment. ...
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Is it stealing if three books are allowed to be taken for free and I take more?

There is a charity shop, which sells nothing but gives books away for free. They do accept optional donations of money, and any books donations so they have more books to give away for free. Upon ...
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Council Tax Avoidance

I was wondering what this crime would be called Basically a patch of land has two houses on it. One house is all legal and sound. The second was built without permission/secretly etc. The family that ...
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Is accusing someone of a crime slander if you believe the accusation to be true?

I have just read a short story ("The Disagreeable Man", by Henry Cecil) in which a dubious (to me) legal trick is used to con a small town out of a significant amount of money. I want to ...
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Is it legal to hide a recording device in a public place to collect evidence if an item is stolen?

Is it legal to hide an inexpensive smartphone or other recording device in a public place in order to obtain evidence if an item such as a bicycle is stolen?
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If I deliberately kill someone in self-defence, but my prior unlawful actions provoked the fight, is that involuntary act manslaughter?

Suppose I steal from someone whom I know to be a violent criminal, and the next day they hunt me down and try to kill me in revenge, and I defend myself by stabbing them to death. Suppose further that ...
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When a company is sold, can existing customers opt out of contract with the new owner? [duplicate]

A letting agent with which I have had a contract for many years was bought out by a competitor around 18 months ago. The new owner never updated the management agreement to reflect the change of ...
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Dog fatally attacks burglar. Is owner guily of anything?

A person owns a large, potentially dangerous dog breed such as the XL Bully, which was recently restricted in the UK. It is owned legally; the dog is registered, neutered, and all safety requirements ...
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Does the Consumer Rights Act (2015; UK) apply to an explicit warranty?

I purchased an mp3 player that promises a 3 year extended warranty/free returns upon registration. A year in, the product failed. After some hassle, they offered a replacement product that is not ...
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Would royal assent be required if the British crown were in abeyance?

In the unlikely event that it were impossible to determine who is the rightful heir to the British monarchy and the crown went into abeyance, what would happen with the requirement for royal assent? ...
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Who inherits a noble title when primogeniture cannot be established?

Say we're in a jurisdiction where noble titles are inherited on the basis of primogeniture. The holder of a noble title dies, and their closest surviving heirs are twin siblings for which there is ...
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Section 184 of the Canadian Criminal Code and Foreign Actors

This is inspired by recent events, but I will not be naming names. My understanding of section 184 is that people in Canada are allowed to intercept communications by any means provided that they ...
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Is it legal for a company to claim 'our phones lines are unusually busy' all day every day?

In the UK it's become usual when attempting to contact any public facing organisation by phone to hear the phrase "our phones lines are unusually busy right now, please be patient your call is ...
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Can defendants wear an earpiece or headset in the dock to communicate with their lawyer?

Besides its presumed prejudicial effect on juries' perception of defendants, secure docks such as the one pictured below are often criticised for inhibiting defendants' ability to communicate with ...
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Rent increase under Scotland's temporary rent cap

I have a private residential tenancy (PRT) agreement and have been renting my apartment for over 12 months. Under a PRT, a landlord can increase the rent no more than once a year and must give a ...
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Who owns a dog purchased by one person and registered with the Kennel Club by another?

If Bob purchases a dog with his own money, and his wife Alice, with his permission, registers the dog with the Kennel Club, who owns the dog?
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What happens to the UK if Northern Ireland decides to join Ireland? [closed]

There is now a possibility that Northern Ireland will decide to separate from Great Britain and join the Irish Republic. If this happens, what will happen to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and ...
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Post office inquiriy

Following the current post office inquiry videos on YouTube ... The largest miscarriage of justice in Britain history. Which laws are likely to have been broken. Misleading the court/perjury seem ...
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What are the territorial scopes of sections 4-5 of the Public Order Act 1986?

Sections 4, 4A & 5, Public Order Act 1986 contain offences, do they apply only to England and Wales, or do they also apply to Scotland or Northern Ireland?
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Can the authorities involved in the British Post Office scandal be subject to charges of malicious prosecution or similar?

The British Post Office Scandal is a hot topic in the news due to a recent TV dramatization, and because many cases are shockingly still open even though they date back to 1999 and are/were based on ...
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How do I find out if my husband got married to someone in the UK before he divorced me in the US?

How do I find out if my husband got married to someone else in the UK before we got divorced in the US? I have both their names and the possible date of the marriage.
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Did the House of Lords hear appeal cases in the main Lords’ chamber of Parliament?

I suppose that the appeal cases were only ever heard by the law lords, in actuality a subsection rather than any plenary session of the house, so was it just a smaller session in the main canonically ...
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UK Graduate Visa - Official Start Time

I am applying for a Graduate Visa in the UK. My Student Visa expires on the 30th of this month. I need to book an appointment at the UK Visa Application Services for the processing of my BRP. I am ...
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MLAT De Minimis period?

The UK Government website covers Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests that it receives from outside of the UK. I was hoping someone could clarify the De Minimis part. Question 1: Focusing on ...
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In Blackadder Goes Forth, Corporal Punishment, Captain Darling (Counsel for Prosecution) is a defense witness. Is this allowed in a court martial?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_tdLCFRaPY&t=152s Basically, Lieutenant George (accidentally called to be the defense counsel, because Baldrick sent for the wrong person) tries to get Captain ...
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M&A: Avoiding paying redundancy by selling the company? (UK)

Corporation A owns many smaller business units. Corporation A agrees to sell Business Unit X to Corporation B. Business Unit X has a number of employees who are effectively redundant because their ...
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Percentages and fractions in a will? [closed]

My wife and I are considering writing a will (in UK), and I have looked for general advice online. I get the impression that we have to specify how much cash should be granted to each heir; but that ...
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What happens when data that was not personal information become personal information?

Supposed there is some data that is not associated with an individual. This data is processed by a company and distributed on the web. At a later date this data becomes associated with an individual ...
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Is there any protection for sellers with mislabelled items?

Suppose Alice buys a car from Bob. In the case the car was stated in the advert as the top of the range model but was in actuality the model below badged as the top one Alice would have some ...
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Is a third party which solicits and accepts personal data from a customer on another’s behalf a processor or a controller?

Alice contracts with ACME insurance which sends her to their identity verification solution provider’s app/website (BCME KYC SOLUTIONS Inc). BCME’s portal asks Alice for photos of herself and other ...
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Does the doctrine of contra proferentum apply to court filings as well as contractual terms?

Where there are ambiguous or contradicting terms appearing throughout the text of a contract, it is customary to interpret it in a way that is most contrary to the interests of the party who has ...
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Compensation for Confiscated Goods

The U.K. government famously compensated former slaveholders when slavery was abolished. Was that a legal / constitutional requirement? Would the same apply today?
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Do we know the false positive rate of judge and jury decisions in the Post Office Horizon case?

In the UK it is currently in the news about the fallout from the Post Office Horizon case. My understanding is that all those accused are now considered innocent. This is a relatively rare example ...
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Do FCA rules mean financial firms have to refuse service if their customers are not knowledgeable enough?

I recent weeks I have had emails from multiple cryptocurrency exchanges requiring me to fill in a document online to keep using their services. They describe this as a questionnaire but say "You ...
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Can a UK landlord impose additional restrictions on which documents are acceptable for right-to-rent checks?

landlords in the uk (edit: england) are required to carry out right-to-rent checks before renting to someone. one way these can be done is by using identifying documents from the prospective tenants. ...
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Is the use of a former hotel site as asylum seekers’ accommodation exempt from public disclosure under FOIA or EIR?

Invariably when hotels are taken over by the authorities for asylum seekers' accommodation, they are staffed by zealously secretive security guards who refuse to answer basic questions about why, ...
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Is it an offence to disregard a no-contact court order when the other person is extremely complicit?

Alice and Bob are in an intimate relationship and Bob gets drunk and hits Alice which he is convicted of. Part of the legal outcome is that he is prohibited from going near Alice, but they secretly ...
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