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UK: Is it legal to secretly audio record a meeting or a phone call? Is it possible to use such recording in court?

In the United Kingdom: Is it legal to secretly audio record a meeting (in an office) or a phone call while being a participant? Is it possible to use such recording as an evidence in court or ...
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Performing music in public

I am a musician. I want to perform music. How do I do this without being sued into oblivion? I am particularly interested in UK law. As I understand it, a specific sound recording (of anything) is ...
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Can women also go shirtless in public legally?

Do women have the same rights as men to walk on the beach or sidewalk topless where men are also walking bare-chested without being discriminated against? If a woman is arrested or asked to leave by ...
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After purchasing an item, then being issued a refund the item then arrived

I purchased an item at distance (in this case online), this item did not arrive until 2 weeks after the end of the delivery window. Towards the end of that 2 week period the seller was kind enough to ...
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What if I did something that was a crime, but has now become legal?

There was a question recently about what happens if I do something that is legal today but becomes illegal in the future. The obvious question is what happens in the opposite case? If I do something ...
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What are UK Business-to-Business rights in regard to inadequate quality customised goods?

My partner is a wedding photographer and she ordered some branded USB drives (credit card style) from a reputable printing company. I say reputable because they are one of the main players in the ...
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Landlord gives 4 months notice to the rental agency which fails to give notice to the tenants

I am renting and I have been given a 1 month and half notice from my rental agency. In UK at the moment the minimum notice is 4 months. The landlord actually says that he gave the agency full 4 ...
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Under what circumstances am I obliged to show ID to a police officer?

In the UK, if a police constable stops you on the street and asks for your ID, when are you required by law to give it to them? Must there be reasonable suspicion of a crime? What about if you're ...
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Is it legal to carry any kind of weapon in the UK?

Concealed or otherwise is it legal for a private citizen to carry any kind of weapon for self defence purposes in the UK?
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Defendant compensation after not guilty verdict

My friend is currently a defendant in a criminal case. In my opinion, based on what I know about the case, it's likely the verdict will be 'Not Guilty', and that the evidence is based on faulty ...
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Is loading assets from another game's install folder copyright infringement?

Suppose I make a video game which uses assets from another game. The assets are however not included, but rather obtained by loading them from the other game's install folder (the player needs to have ...
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Can courts consider hansard transcripts in interpreting statutes?

When a court is trying to decide the meaning of a law, can it consider the discussions which begot it?
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Do the UK TV licensing rules disregard innocent until proven guilty?

I don't have a TV Licence. I use Netflix and Amazon Prime. In the UK you have to state that you don't have a TV Licence and sign a declaration to that effect every 2 years (unless you then get a ...
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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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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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Is mere accusation without evidence other than testimony of the accuser, grounds for arrest in the UK?

Several years ago I was stopped in public by the police. Someone had 'identified' me as abusing them in terms of their gender two years before that. Had that happened, I suppose it would have been ...
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Has a common law defence ever held water?

The UK is a common law country. It is a widely held belief of many people that statute Acts of parliament (i.e. most 'laws') only apply with the "consent of the governed"; and that one may be a "free ...
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Is virtual child pornography illegal?

If a company made a child pornography anime (so not using real children, just drawings), would it be illegal?
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How can one reliably find out if there is an open UK arrest warrant or inquiry about them, without visiting a police station? Can police lie about it?

101 is the united-kingdom's non-emergency police phone number. Would they ever lead you to believe when asking outright on the phone whether you have any warrants or circulations that all is well when ...
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Transferring public domain material into a country where it is still in copyright

I've noticed that, in Australia, books created by authors who've died before 1955 are in the public domain. For example, all of George Orwell's works are available from the University of Adelaide: ...
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What are the laws regarding eviction of adult children from residence in the UK?

What is the process in the UK for parents to evict an adult child that is living at home with them if he refuses to leave willingly?
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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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Must I allow access to every one of my landlord's representatives

I live in a flat that I rent. I understand that I must provide my landlord and their representatives access to the flat for things like maintenance (after proper notice from them when not in an ...
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What legally happens when someone takes your bank card and uses it?

If someone steals your wallet, takes the money and uses it to buy something that is theft against you. If someone steals your wallet, takes the bank card and uses that to buy something what crime are ...
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How does one value an estate before being able to access details?

Question arising out of this answer. In the UK, one needs to value the money, property, and possessions of someone who died, before one can apply to represent the estate for official dealings. ...
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Temporary theft, or, removing someones property to deliver it to their home or office

If I take somebody's property without consent, with the intent of keeping it, it is theft. If I take somebody's property without consent, but return it to them immediately, what law am I violating? ...
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Where can I find actual UK law paragraphs?

In case I want to try to check plain English interpretations of the law against the actual law.
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Was my GDPR request not complied with?

On the 12th of December I made a GDPR request to a major online retailer in the UK. While there was a minor email exchange with a chatbot to confirm the request, I neither received the requested ...
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What are the laws on showing another company's logo in commercial photos?

On a webpage we would like to have a background image demonstrating our product on different devices. The current images we have contain an Intel logo and an iPad (logo not visible but clearly an iPad)...
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Is Showbox legal to use in the UK?

The Android app "Showbox" allows users to stream the latest movies (still in the cinema) to their device for watching (but not keeping). Is this app legal to use in the UK? EDIT: After researching ...
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Discrepancy between robots.txt and TOS

This question made me think of a situation: Alice asks Bob to crawl web site realestate.example.com and return results of the regular expression "Price:([0-9]*).*Size:([0-9]*)" Bob points a ...
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Who has jurisdiction on an International flight in international airspace in a sexual assault case?

This question relates to a recent sexual assault case of a passenger on an airline from Newark, NJ to London, England as published at the Daily Mail. No details are available in this article as to the ...
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Is it lawful to offer smaller portions only to children below a certain age, by calling it a "children's menu"?

Suppose that one is ordering from a restaurant that offers full portions for £11 or half-sized portions on a section of the menu designated as for kids for £6. But suppose that one is over the ...
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Is a contract allowed to have illegal / unenforceable clauses?

My understand of contract law in general, is that an illegal or unenforceable clause does not render the whole contract void, but rather that specific clause is essentially stricken out, as if it did ...
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What should a contract contain to protect an employees rights to work on unrelated side projects in their free time? [duplicate]

What should a contract contain to protect an employees rights to work on unrelated side projects in their free time? Assume UK employment law.
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How far up the chain of internet provision does my GDPR responsibility go?

Say I host a web page on my computer, and you visit that site from somewhere in Europe. The web server on my computer will know your IP address, and I can choose to "forget" it as soon as ...
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Is it possible to sue a UK based company from the US regarding debt collection?

I have a US-based LLC. The LLC is a service oriented company as opposed to product oriented. And all work is performed in the US. A UK-based client is delinquent in payments. The amount in dispute is ...
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What exactly does the law say about bias in court/does it cover unconscious biases?

If possible, what is the specific wording for the law(s) about bias in court, what are the repercussions for someone who is found guilty of bias in court, and do the laws extend to unconscious bias (i....
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What should a contract contain to protect an employees rights to work on unrelated side projects in their free time

A typical IP clause in an employment contract says that works created "during the course of your employment" belong to your employer. This is essentially echoing the "work for hire"...
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How do you determine who has the best claim to lost and hidden objects?

This is a question that relates to the nature of the land -- property law. How do you determine who has a claim over an object they found and in which situations would they have a claim? Say, person A ...
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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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Defamation - False statement involving HER

Bob and Rob have an argument and end up fighting. Bob was acting in self-defense but got convicted of assaulting Rob. The newspaper released the following false statement. “Bob, aged 00 and of Road, ...
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What legislation governs the use of the word “flavouring(s)” on ingredient lists?

It’sa fairly vague word. In the U.S. I understand that there is a distinction made between artificial flavour(ing)s and natural flavour(ing)s. In the U.K. there seems to be something that is just ...
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Is it legal for a company to offer free coding courses to women only?

A company is offering free coding courses to women and non-binary individuals only. Is this kind of sex-based discrimination legal?
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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 a law protect itself?

Can a law protect itself? For example, could it be written in to a law that, under no circumstances, it should be amended or abolished (a) for a fixed duration or (b) indefinitely? I am most ...
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Does GDPR include UK customers, or not anymore?

Now that Brexit happened, does GDPR include UK customers, or not anymore?
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Can a soldier refuse to carry a weapon?

During WWII, Desmond Doss joined the US Army as a combat medic. Due to his religious belief in nonviolence, he refused to carry a weapon and was eventually allowed to do so, going on to win various ...
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Legality of penalising Russian Oligarchs

What is the legal basis for penalising individual Russian Oligarchs? Having ill-gotten wealth and dubious friends is hardly unique to Russia, and whilst I can understand with the desire of the Western ...
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Could a British monarch "go full dictator" if they wish to do so?

Queen Elizabeth II was generally nice and didn't abuse her power. But could her successor do otherwise and "go full dictator", in theory? Would he have enough legal powers to do so? ...
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