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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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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. I 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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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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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 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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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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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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“Not for individual resale” - really?

In at least the US and UK lots of items that are sold in multipacks come with a notice on them that often reads: Not for individual resale That always strikes me as slightly odd - it looks like it'...
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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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my mum is withholding my passport from my dad

I'm 14 years old with a UK passport. In August, i am planning to go and live with my dad permanently. My mum says that she will not give my dad my passport when I go. Is this legal? My dad wants to ...
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Is there a legal risk in giving emergency first aid?

There is a commonly held belief that an unqualified member of the public takes a legal risk in giving emergency first aid in case the patient dies or is injured as a result. This theory invariably ...
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Is there one body of common law?

I'm a bit confused by the usage of the phrase "common law" on this site. The Wikipedia article initially describes it as an abstract concept. The first paragraph reads: Common law (also known as ...
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Is it illegal to sell malware?

Is it illegal to produce and sell malware? If no, is there any data I need to collect on the customers? Is it illegal to produce and sell Crypters(programs that hide other programs from antivirus)? ...
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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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The legality of fictional stories involving sex with minors

I have a quick question as I am curious about the legality of websites such as literotica as an example. These websites are aimed at the kink community. I have heard Literotica contains countless ...
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Do you need a gambling licence to create a website where you stake virtual items?

In the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive you have virtual items (skins) which have a community market value in most cases, in other cases it has a perceived value outside the market (if the item ...
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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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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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Deducing and using an email address under GDPR

I was recently contacted on a work email address by a recruiter, working from a private recruitment agency. I have had no prior contact with this recruiter or agency before this. The work email ...
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Why was the NHS able to prevent Charlie Gard's parents from taking their child to the US?

The European Court of Human Rights decided today that the parents of Charlie Gard, a British toddler with a life-threatening and (as his British doctors say) non-treatable disease, can not take him to ...
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Can a library forbid me to make copies of un-copyrighted material?

There is a book published in 1878 (i.e. not copyrighted anymore) which is currently not available in the public domain. I would like to bring it into the public domain by making a scan of it and ...
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What is the priority of potential extraditions in Assange case?

Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan police for jumping bail and also pertaining to an extradition request from the US. Also the lawyer for one of the alleged victims of sexual ...
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Is the manufacturer responsible for replacing my faulty purchase after 28 days?

I bought electronic goods from an online retailer. A fault appeared after a month-a-half that prevented the goods from working at all. The way I understand the Sales of Goods Act is that the onus is ...
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Assignment and subletting of leasehold in UK

I am planning on buying a worn down property that has 4 big rooms to fix it up, and then rent out 2 out of 4 rooms - room by room. I would live with my family in the other two (at least for the ...
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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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Can someone deny cash as the payment method?

There are a small number of restaurants in my area where they do not accept cash for payment. They only accept electronic payments such as credit cards, local debit cards etc. Is this legal? On most ...
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Job Contract Copyright Waiver

I am starting my first full-time job. It is a software job in the UK, I am a citizen of a different EU country. The contract I am about to sign seems very demanding about the rights to intellectual ...
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GDPR Legislation and user invites by email

I want to understand what the implications are for user emails with the onset of GDPR. It's a bit of a strange question but here is the scenario. We run a Software as a Service platform when a user ...
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UK: Can I give money to my brother instead of him paying income tax on a share of my rental income?

Let's say my brother acts as guarantor for my mortgage, so that I can buy a bigger house than before. He does not put his name on the house deeds, and he does not contribute to mortgage payments, I ...
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Using GDPR against cold-call marketing emails

I recently received a "cold-call" email from a salesman to my professional email address, which is in the form firstname.lastname@company.com. The firstname is a very formal version unlikely to be ...
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Is evidence from a vigilante 'sting' operation accepted in UK courts?

This is a hypothetical question based on a trend seen on Facebook. Sometimes vigilantes will set up a 'sting' operation. For example, they may pose online masquerading as a child to catch pedophiles. ...
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What is “reasonable wear” (4 years and 4 months) when comes to deposit return for the property?

I was renting a flat for 4 years and 4 months. I'm registered with http://www.depositprotection.com/ In accordance with your tenancy agreement some of these works are deemed to be rechargeable. ...
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Book published in the UK, public domain in home country, still under US copyright?

I'm looking at publishing an e-book from a public domain book, and wondering if I can distribute it in the US. The book is Sex & Culture by J. D. Unwin. The book was published in 1934 and the ...
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Is there a legal definition of “viewing a property” (in the UK)?

Some background: we're moving out of our apartment soon and the agency has requested to conduct a viewing for a prospective tenant when we're not at home, using the spare key in their possession. We ...
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Can a litigant in person prepare the bundle?

https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/family/practice_directions/pd_part_27a Responsibility for the preparation of the bundle 3.1 A bundle for the use of the court at the ...
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What are the alleged perpetrators convicted of after being caught by a paedophile hunter?

Paedophile hunting seems to be on the rise (eg: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37708233), and I'm surprised that it seems to lead to convictions (eg: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-...
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Is this legal use of force in the UK?

A moped rider is stopped at an intersection. Behind him is a van. Another moped with two criminals wearing helmets rushes up from behind. One of the criminals jumps off and steals the keys from the ...
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Is the owner of a property liable for injuries sustained by an intruder? (UK)

I have heard that the owner of a property may be liable for injuries sustained by an intruder. I am referring to cases in which injuries were not inflicted willfully by the owner (e.g. in self-defence)...
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Proving relationship to deceased

My brother in law died recently, we had very little interaction with him in the past 4 year. He himself was a guy from countryside Lithuania and not a very technology educated. He lived for past four ...
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(UK) Holiday entitlement during first 3 months aka. “probation period”

I've been working for a company in UK for 3 months (exactly 29.06 to 29.09) after which the company has been sold. (edit: actually my contract says that I started on 2.07 which isn't true, but that ...
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UK - Can my (hostile) landlord's (hostile) agents enter my flat to conduct viewings without my explicit permission?

A little background I'm a student renting (short hold) a studio apartment from a private landlord through an estate agent. The term of the contract ends in September of this year. I've had multiple ...
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What legal powers does a person have without having full legal qualifications? (UK)

What legal powers does a (UK) person have without having full legal qualifications? I am interested as you can't represent someone in court without being a fully qualified solicitor/barrister (as far ...
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Vague clause in employment contract

I work in a full time permanent role but have recently started working in another part time (evenings/weekends) role as a contractor. Both are in the same field (software development) and both ...
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Non-molestation - undertakings - Legal Aid - is it possible to appeal?

Facts: One thread of legal proceedings. The second thread of legal proceedings is regarding non-molestation. I didn’t want to dispute accusations, so much bullshit, so much drama. I thought I ...
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Dual citizenship in the US?

I'm a natural born US citizen and wanted to live abroad preferably in the UK. If I became a citizen in the UK, would I lose my citizenship here?
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How to publish a book having TIER4?

I have read the documents stating which types of work are available for the students, studying in the UK and having TIER4 visa. These state that you can't be self employed. Another site suggests that ...
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What happens if I don't show up to the Court (DRA, Family Court, UK)?

The matter is listed for an adjourned DRA on _____ _____ 2018 10AM. The parties to attend at 9AM. DRA = Dispute Resolution Appointment I want to know what would happen if I don't show up for the ...