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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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Did what is reported to have been said to Sheku Bayoh impose any legal requirements upon him?

As I understand it, there are limited circumstances where a member of the public is legally required to interact with the police on request, The four I am aware of are: Arrest Stop and search On ...
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If I jointly own a piece of land in the UK and the other party starts a business. Would I be liable for the business

I jointly own a piece of land with my sibling on which we have built stables. They are planning to rent out a number of the stables to another party. The business will be their interest only (I will ...
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Legal basis of statement by British Food Standards Agency that companies may label as "sunflower oil" what is not sunflower oil?

Recently in Britain the Food Standards Agency issued advice that food items may be offered for sale labelled as "sunflower oil" (a product that has become scarcer owing to the Russo-...
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Can an employee pay for boss' things?

If someone had a trusted remote employee living in Saudi Arabia where there's no taxes, would it be possible for them to instead of paying themselves a wage, pay the foreign employee extra and then ...
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Regulating fares in the UK transport system - who can unfair 'unregulated' fares be reported to?

I went to book a train from South Wales to Yorkshire and the tickets cost £363. This is obscene and completely beyond its true market value. It is the same price as a flight from UK to USA. I have ...
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Does a non-commercial software project constitute an outside activity and does declaring it to my employer risk any transfer of IP?

Background I am based in the UK, and about to enter into a new full-time job as a software engineer at a UK-based software company. I have been asked to declare my outside activities. I have several ...
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Who actually drafts the Queen's speech, in the present era? [migrated]

I gather that over the years the level of realistic personal agency of the British monarch has actually waxed and waned a fair bit, and suspect that in recent eras it has progressively diminished to ...
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Problem questions on the three certainties

Advise and explain if the following dispositions are valid. If they are not valid, you must explain what will happen with the property. a) Ash and Brent are medical students who live together in a ...
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Limits of automated decision making WRT workplace surveys

As part of the GDPR, if personal data is used for automated decision making a number of rules apply, particularly regarding consent and access to data. A number of companies offer workplace surveys, ...
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What possible penalties can there be for failing to comply with rule 286 of the UK highway code?

Rule 286 requires one to give one's name and address to another party in the case of an accident, but what is the penalty range for non compliance?
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What are the Legal obligations of a bicyclist who accidentally scratches one’s empty parked car?

What are an uninsured bicyclist’s legal liabilities and responsibilities in England who accidentally runs into thus leaving a minor scratch on an empty parked car? In case of a motorist who is ...
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UK - Privacy Policy requirements for website with no tracking

Essentially I run a website which is a microblog for anyone to use. The user who creates the content does so on one domain which requires login, stores a cookie etc.. The reader (user) of the blog ...
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What are my obligations towards goods received with no payment request?

Follow up to this question. The goods were eventually delivered six weeks after I sent an order. This was four weeks after I was initially told they had been dispatched and I informed the company I ...
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Sexting with a minor overseas

Suppose that a person who is 22 years old and is an Algerian citizen has been sexting a minor who is 16 years old living in the UK. Can the Algerian be prosecuted, and if so for what?
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The burden of proof in UK civil trials

In UK civil trials, it is said that The burden of proof is on the claimant. The case will be decided ‘on the balance of probabilities’. Are these assertions consistent? Based on the second statement,...
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What does it mean for an Act to be constitutional in England?

How does one become so and what are the implications of it becoming so?
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Employer ran credit check without my consent

I’ve just started a new job as a cleaner and recieved an email from them regarding the credit check they carried out. I was never told this was going to happen or why they would need to. Does anyone ...
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Vodafone offering lifetime free unlimited talk text and data to Ukrainian refugees - unlawful discrimination?

This seems to me a flagrant violation of the human rights and equality acts. I mean at least if it is giving preferential treatment to Ukrainian rather than say Syrian refugees. If I’m not mistaken ...
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UK - Can one person owning 50% of a house force a sale?

Is it possible for a single owner to force a sale assuming it's 50-50. Are there any exceptions to the rule?
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UK - Can an executor evict a mentally ill family member engaging in elder abuse?

What are possible options does an executor havve to evict an abusive daughter currently abusing her elderly (possibly senile) mother? Suppose that these key facts are true: The daughter has a history ...
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Can I store the names of arbitrary business associates in my CRM system?

I'm running an agency and I would like to store the names of employees of my client's companies to help me build client relationships. For example, "Gina works on reception." Is this allowed ...
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UK: Letting rooms in your home through your own, limited company

I own and live in a house in UK with more rooms than I need, so I can rent out the surplus rooms. In UK there is a government scheme (HS223) that would allow me to earn £7500 per year tax-free, but I ...
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What does the UK procedural road ahead look like for Julian Assange?

He won his case at the Magistrate's/first instance on one point. The defeated US then had a chance to appeal their loss to the high court. Okay, now he has lost at the high court on appeal, so at the ...
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If someone is busking on a corner and a drug crazed preacher comes along ranting about gospel in slurred speech is there any offence?

Suppose the preacher cones along and asks the busker how long they'll be there for to which he replies 6pm, when the preacher then says that he'll also leave at six but then goes up to the next ...
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Building regulations inspection not done until almost 10 years after the works - still enforceable?

I bought and completely refurbished my UK (Midlands) house 10 years ago. This included removing the problematic old staircase and fitting a spiral staircase. In total, the only building regulations ...
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UK Fence Height

What is permitted by law? The neighbour has erected a 7'4'' high fence which is over 10' high in one stretch. Since we are 2' lower, this makes the fence 9'4'' high and 12' high. What height does the ...
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Making specific accusations about non-specific people

Making accusations of a (serious) crime without evidence is, as far as I understand, illegal. If acusations are knowingly false, this is in fact a crime, of perverting the course of justice, otherwise ...
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What is the history of visas and when did they begin to become requirements for entering a country?

I was told that back in the day (like Renaissance era) you didn't need a visa to go to places. Specifically the US and UK but I'm guessing it was all relatively closer to the same time around the ...
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Is it illegal to turn off someone’s loudspeakers in public?

Let’s suppose someone goes to a certain street and plays an audiobook recording about their political program every day on the speakers at loud volume. If someone walks up and switches the recording ...
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What law(s) did Paul Bussetti break when he burnt the model of Grenfell Tower?

Paul Bussetti has just been given a 10-week suspended jail sentence for burning a model of Grenfell Tower (The tower in London that caught fire in 2017 killing 72 people). Having read that BBC article ...
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How many British statutes are in effect?

How can one find the full enumeration of presently effectual/binding laws making up the statute book at any given time? If they can endlessly be amended by each other then surely they must all be ...
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Consequences for vendor not fulfilling signed contract on a property?

There's an issue on a property whereby the purchasers signed a contract with the vendors to buy a house. The contract stipulated that all charges be discharged from the property but this wasn't done ...
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Who actually drafts legislation in all its nitty gritty detail in the U.K.?

And what is the process like? It seems surprisingly meticulously drafted and most elaborate as to account for every conceivable scenario and counter argument that one might ever encounter or think of. ...
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Does a company’s T&C or their house rules supersede law and is asking private health status (including the request to wear a mask) an offence?

In January 2022 I used an airline to fly from UK to Spain. As soon as I boarded, I made myself comfortable and ready to sleep as I had no opportunity to do so the night before. I took my mask off as I ...
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Is it possible to make an appeal through Aviation ADR when the claim gets rejected the first time?

I filed a complaint and claim against an airline company with the Aviation ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution for Aviation in the EU) on March 15th and received an airline response on April 7th with ...
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Computer Misuse Act 1990 vs Police and Justice Act 2006

I am studying towards a qualification called CREST CPSA, reading through their syllabus guide here. It covers some sections on Law that I was hoping to clarify on here. On PDF page 6/20 it covers the ...
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Does Mrs Sunak have any choice in the matter?

The Indian wife of the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer has now said that while she will in future pay UK tax on her foreign income, she will retain her non-domiciled status. Is there any choice here? ...
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How unconventional or precedented was Judge Baraitser's claim that UK-signed international treaties are unbinding or even irrelevant to UK courts?

How unconventional or precedented was Judge Baraitser's claim that UK-signed international treaties are unbinding or even irrelevant to UK courts? In ruling on Julian Assange's extradition, she ...
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What happens if some of the information provided when subscribing a car insurance are incorrect?

I recently bought a car in UK and I subscribed a new car insurance. I did my best to answer all the questions with accuracy. However, I cannot remember very well when was my last claim and the ...
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Does an email hop in the US count as an international data transfer?

Alice is a data subject, Bob Inc. is a data controller processing her PII, both located in the UK. In responding to a subject access request, Bob Inc. sends some PII in plain text in an email. ...
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Is the German embassy in London bound by British accessibility law like the Equality Act 2010?

Is the German embassy in London bound by the Equality Act 2010 and cabinet office guidance on medical mask wearing exemptions? The website explicitly state that in order to enter the Passport section ...
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Legal redress against smaller HMRC decisions?

I understand most of the "regular" decisions like tax assessment, etc. from HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs - the UK's principal tax authority) are appealable, ie. you can refer them ...
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Can suicidal behaviour be a crime if others call the emergency services?

The Suicide Act 1961 decriminalised the act of suicide in England and Wales. There is an image going around social media that purports to be of a letter, on police headed notepaper, written by a ...
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What intellectual property rights are being surrendered with this contract?

Alice has worked for an quango/academic organisation “The Establishment”, which is part of a larger “Wider Establishment” for some years. She was recently made redundant on pretty good terms and ...
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Where does the term common law come from?

The term for the legal system derived from the medieval English system is generally Common Law, as opposed to for example the Roman Law or the system derived from the French Code Civil (Civil Law). I ...
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Do decisions of British courts have any effect on other English speaking jurisdictions around the world today?

I’ve heard it said that various troubling decisions by British courts would set precedent binding upon many English speaking jurisdictions all around the world. I suppose this is in common law/...
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What is the relationship between American laws, the constitution, and pre-revolutionary common law judicial precedents?

Pre-revolutionary English judicial precedents unless overturned by American acts of Congress have a forceful effect in American law, don’t they? Otherwise how do you end up with the scotus citing the ...
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What was The initial state of the statute book, and how was it seeded?

If one was to successively roll back each most recent act of Parliament until the earliest traceable one in the chain, when would that act have been from, and what was the state of the statute book at ...
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Where can one report a business who illegally charge surcharge for customers paying by card?

In the last few years it became illegal in the U.K. for businesses to charge £0.5 or what have you to customers who choose to pay by card. What was the name of the law that enacted this, what is the ...
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Does the GDPR apply to reference managers?

Reference managers are software products that record the details of scientific papers that one interacts with. All academics and many others use them as a crucial tool of their work. Common examples ...
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