Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

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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How does GDPR Art. 14 apply to large scale B2B data transfer

Article 14 of the GDPR appears to require any data controller to inform the data subject when a business to business transfer of personal data occurs. Business to business transfer of personal data ...
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Is a non-poaching clause enforceable if the employee resigns first?

I worked for a company called Widgets Inc. There, I hired Bob, who turned out to be a great employee. Since I have left, Bob has become unhappy at Widgets Inc and is going to resign, he asked me if I ...
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In this hypothetical, can the courts disapply primary legislation?

As I understand it, the 2019 general election in the UK was held because of the Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019. In this hypothetical, Parliament has passed a statute that imposes a ...
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Create a company to manage my personal domain name

I own a domain name that has the format last-name.com, that is used primarily for personalised email addresses for my family. At the moment, I am the legal owner of the domain name and the ...
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Does the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 give the police the right to access end-to-end encrypted messages?

End to end encryption is a security measure in which the sender of a message encrypts the message in a way that only the intended recipient is able to decrypt it. This was first popularised by the ...
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Is it legal to describe something exactly as "cheese" without asterisks or other qualification if it doesn't contain any dairy?

Is the marketing statement "our cheese is made of 100% plant ingredients" false advertising and is it legal?
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Could I write a "Parry Hotter" novel?

There is a question over at the Writing SE which was wondering whether J. K. Rowling would consent to somebody writing a Harry Potter sequel. The answer was, predictably in hindsight, "you would ...
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Forced Sunday School

I go to a private school but I am funded by the council and we have school and we have a half-day on a Sunday for religious study. Do they claim that we need to go is this allowed and can I refuse to ...
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In the UK, can I legally request a different brand of medicine, if I cannot take the one prescribed for religious reasons?

I have been prescribed a medication by a specialist service in the NHS that does not contain a haram (religiously impermissible) excipient ingredient (i.e. non-active). When my prescription was ...
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School Online Lessons

I go to a private school but I am funded by the council and I had covid a few weeks ago and they refused to give online lesson because "that is not what we do" is that true? Also to note is ...
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Tax treaty between UK and USA: Article 20A

I am a UK citizen who has just finished working in the US after <2 years. I have claiming tax treaty benefits using article 20a as I am a J1 research scholar. However, I wasn't present in the UK ...
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Orphan Devices and the Internet of Things

This is hypothetical, but similar fact patterns have occurred in reality. I'm interested in UK law here. Also, I'm not a law student, and this is not my homework. Suppose that Alice buys a Device. The ...
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What does the word contribution mean in contracts?

What does the word contribution mean in the following statement: The position would be subject to a contract and would come with a contribution of £1000 GBP per annum, understood as a contribution to ...
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In the UK, does a person have the right to refuse a police "Stop and Search"

UK Police's stop and search powers have been talked about a lot in the news in recent months. I would like to know if an individual has the right to refuse a stop and search by police in the UK.
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Is GDPR consent as part of Terms & Conditions valid?

In the terms and conditions of the kite festival consent for use of footage of the audience is written into the Terms & Conditions: 5.c: Ticket Holders consent to being photographed, filmed and ...
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If I buy a stolen item from party A, and then party A spends the proceeds, who is entitled to the item?

Is the original owner entitled to their property back while I am entitled to recover the sum paid for it from party A, or does the item somehow become rightfully mine, or... how does this all work?
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What legal basis existed or may have been argued in defence, as to why the "Colston Four" should be acquitted?

In this weeks UK news, we read that the Colston Four were acquitted. For those unaware, these were four individuals who played an active role during BLM protests, in pulling down and dumping in the ...
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In United Kingdom what are consumer rights about online subscription

A few months ago I subscribed to an online service that monthly delivers goods (beers) to my home. I now want to cancel but they ask to call to do so. I tried for a few days and of course, no one is ...
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UK: Can tradespeople park in a "permit holders only" residential area?

I am looking for a "buy to let" property in Nottingham. Most of the places I look at have "permit holders only" signs on the road. I am wondering how I am supposed to get ...
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Is it legal for energy companies to break into a house?

There are a couple of stories in the news about energy firms breaking into houses because of unpaid erroneous bills. The common features of relevance are: There was debate about the validity of ...
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Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (Ontario, Canada) vs. Consumer Rights Act 2015 (UK)

Has anyone (e.g. legal academics) compared and contrasted Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, 2002 with the UK's Consumer Rights Act 2015? This Consumer Protection Act, 2002 Review Consultation Paper, ...
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Cyberstalking and online harassment in UK law?

This is a hypothetical question. Imagine two estranged brothers hadn't seen each other in 20 years, but Bob kept a YouTube channel on behalf of some random organisation. Let's say John regularly ...
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Salary cut-off date

I started a new job on 6 Dec. The employment contract says: "payable monthly in arrears, in equal instalments by direct bank transfer on or around the last day of each month, minus any statutory ...
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How did the UK change its name?

This is a question about the legal process of a state changing its name (not about why it changed its name). In 1927 the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland changed its name ...
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Legal status of employment benefits that are not specifically mentioned in an employment contract

What is the status of employment benefits, where the details of these benefits are given via a "benefits guide" (and "offer letter") prior to signing the contract, but where these ...
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If a property changes owner during Party Wall Act works, what is the effect on consents, s10 processes, and further work stages?

The Party Wall Act governs works which by their nature may extend over a significant period of time, and are inherently not absolutely certain and deterministic at commencement. (For example, during ...
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Legality of liquid rocket engine testing

Suppose a group of aeronautical engineering students are developing a liquid engine for a rocket. What UK laws and regulatory authorities deal with the creation and subsequent testing of a liquid ...
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Legal standing as a house-sitter during a bailiff visit

Let's suppose someone is house-sitting for an associate, and they are away on holiday. Then some enforcement agents come to settle a debt, claiming to be entitled to seize any possessions at the ...
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Can I make an audiobook of an old edition of a book that I have in my posession?

I have an old edition of a book (a 1918 reprint) - can I make an audiobook of this work? There is a publisher who publishes this work, but a latter print. The author passed away in 1946. I'm really ...
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Obtaining information that requires a court order but before to going to the court?

I'm struggling with the following dilemma. Some information is not accessible without a court order, for example, some data stored in Apple / Google / Facebook servers. Going to the court directly is ...
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What is the history and international scope of the “Exclusionary Rule"?

The "exclusionary Rule" is a rule of criminal procedure in US courts that forbids admission of evidence obtained through violation of an accused person's fifth or sixth amendment rights, or ...
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Is this "Bait-And-Switch" defence possible?

I was kind of inspired by a television programme I was watching recently - I won't spoil it by saying its name. Let's say my friend committed a murder and wanted to get away with it. So together we ...
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Do Iran or UK have laws regarding unauthorized negotiations with foreign powers?

Do Iran or United Kingdom have laws prohibiting their citizens to partake in diplomatic matters concerning the state? For example. Sweden has such a law in Brottsbalken 19 kap 4§, translated as ...
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If applied in the United States, what is the most obvious legally functional difference between the British and American "mirandizing" phrase?

In the United States, police must read your rights regarding police questioning as shown below1: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of ...
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Mental health consumer rights (UK)

Are there any specific UK laws that deal with the following? I've struggled with mental health problems most of my adult life and am currently on the waiting list for an nhs referral to a psychiatrist....
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What laws govern being barred from a court you are required to attend?

It is in the news that someone was barred from attending their own court attendance, and had an arrest warrant issued for failure to attend, because a security guard determined they were drunk: ...
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Insertion of term into Contract for Sale under UK law when other party under actual notice?

I'm working through currently trying to solve a problem question which concerns a contractual dispute arising out of an international contract for the sale of goods on CIF INCOTERMS 2020 terms with ...
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An erstwhile friend misled me to believe she had committed suicide. Can I take action?

A good friend of many years, but with whom I fell out two years ago, meticulously misled me via multiple emails purporting to come from a member of her family, that she had died. Not only died, but ...
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Can I be held liable for accidental damage to my company laptop?

I have resigned from the company I am an employee at and I am currently serving my notice period. To minimise distractions to other employees, my manager has asked me to work from home for the ...
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Secondary property extent

I'm in the UK and the OS paperwork showing boundaries of my house details both a primary and secondary property extent. The primary property extent is the expected boundary of my house. The secondary ...
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Contradiction in UK law respect to PCR tests

In the regulations updated on November 30th, Scotland emits a document which explains some rules for entering the country, named regulation 14, from which I copy an extract: (9) The requirements of ...
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How can the UK government fine itself?

In this news story the UK government has been fined £500,000 but who is doing the fining? Is the government fining itself?
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Is a contract null and void if one party acts outside of the terms? [closed]

I am based in the United Kingdom. Acting as a business, I have negotiated a contract with a service supplier (waste management). The initial instruction was to have apparatus delivered by the supplier ...
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Legal requirement to publish land sale prices?

Is it a legal requirement in the UK to publish purchase prices for land (not property) or can this be omitted from such a public register on commercially sensitive grounds?
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Why can the UK's Competition and Markets Authority tell Facebook to sell Giphy?

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) tells Facebook owner to sell GIF library Giphy. But since Facebook (now Meta) is an American company, what authority does the UK have to tell Facebook ...
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Can junk mail from the Royal Mail be classed as fly tipping?

Despite a no junk mail sign, unsurprisingly I still get it though the door. I decided to take a stand for the fun of it and called Dominoes Pizza head office to complain. I asked them to stop fly ...
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Is it legal to record streaming video for time shifting?

In the UK there is an explicit exception to copyright for the purpose of time shifting: Details of the exceptions to copyright that allow limited use of copyright works without the permission of the ...
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Algorithm generated fines

In the UK, there was recently a case in the press about a driver that was issued a fine for driving in a bus lane. The photograph the Local Authority supplied as "evidence" was of someone ...
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Am I still considered to have entered into a contract if I don't receive the other party's acceptance?

I sent a purchase order via email to a company to supply and invoice for around £200 worth of equipment on behalf of the organisation I volunteer for. I did not get a response after a few days, so ...
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Joint Enterprise and Witness Intimidation in UK

(For MOOT case). An accused burglar is currently in an ongoing criminal trial. The accused burglar tells his friend details about the person who accused them. The friend, after hearing about the ...

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