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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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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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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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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Is intercepting WiFi signals legal in the United Kingdom?

I want to use a software called Wireshark and its intentions are to collect packets (segments of information) from the WiFi radio spectrum. However, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and ...
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At risk of redundancy: has my employer made a mistake & when I can I look for a new position?

My employer is a large multinational company. I am part of a pool of just under 200 UK-based employees (at a single site) who have been given notice that we are at risk of redundancy. Just fewer ...
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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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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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On the Use of a Modified Refrain from "The Orange and the Green"

I would like to use in a new song a modified version of the refrain: Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen. My father, he was orange and me mother, she was green. My refrain is not ...
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When does giving a false name online become illegal?

I asked this question about providing false information to a web site. The answer indicates that it is illegal to supply a false identification document even without an intent to commit a further ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why aren't foreign VPN companies forced to keep logs?

This link explains the inconsistency with what VPN services consider 'logging'. Certainly, there is no way for us to verify their claims without an extremely rigorous independent audit. But even that ...
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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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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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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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What exactly triggers the GDPR Article 14?

Article 14 of the GDPR concerns the requirement for a data controller to inform the data subject when they obtain personal data has been obtained from an entity that is not the data subject: Art. 14 ...
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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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What is your legal situation and rights if restrained by the police but a legal arrest is not made?

From gov.uk: If you’re arrested the police must: identify themselves as the police tell you that you’re being arrested tell you what crime they think you’ve committed explain why it’s necessary to ...
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What consumer rights are there in UK for services that haven't delivered

I went to an aesthetic clinic to discuss dermal filler options. They recommended instead another procedure which cost me £4k and has had zero effect once the swelling went down. I was told it would ...
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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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Liability for theft due to making someone else's property less secure

An owner of a garage in a row of garages removes all locks and even the handle from their garage door and leaves it in this very obvious vulnerable state for many weeks or months. A thief enters that ...
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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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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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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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Telling to a different person of a very bad experience of someone

A graduate student in the UK told me about a really grave experience that they had in a different country. This experience has a long-lasting effect on their life and studies. However, I am not 100% ...
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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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What stops you from invoking §19.6 if a police officer attempts to seize your mobile phone?

Section 19 of PACE (the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984) states: (3) The constable may seize anything which is on the premises if he has reasonable grounds for believing— (a) that it is ...
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Dual Criminality with an MLAT?

Pretend someone in England (United Kingdom) sends a message containing racist words to another person in the same jurisdiction. They are later reported to the police and arrested, I would assume under ...
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UK Law - Legal consequences of marriage/divorce

I'm trying to find a list of legal rights that partners within an existing family with children gain when they get married (or lose when they get divorced, while still living together). For example, ...
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Is the server owner required to ask for ID to allow access to adult content on a Discord server in the UK?

Consider somebody is running a Discord server that allows for NSFW content. They use the NSFW tag on the relevant channels, so as to defer to Discord's own "I am over 18" button for ...
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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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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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UK property factor charging extortionate exit fee [closed]

I live in UK on property development with approximately 180 apartments. The property development has voted to change property factors (roughly, a property manager) due to incompetence, poor financial ...
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Can I sell a figurine of iconic football moments [closed]

I am making a football star figurine replicating an iconic goal scoring moment. I want to sell these figurines on Etsy. Is there any legal requirements for the UK where I have to say something or I ...
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What regulations is this person talking about?

I am studying at a US university, on a student loan from a UK company - funds are paid directly to the university. The loan provider already disbursed the loan amount to my university's finaid ...

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