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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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Landlords liability for white goods

I have just rented a property in England. The house has a built-in cooker, but the markings on the oven panel for temperature and the different modes (grill/defrost/fan settings etc.) are completely ...
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How hard should a car insurance company try to keep a policy holder up to date?

This is a situation that I find myself in currently, albeit much abbreviated: The insurance for our car was due to be renewed. Having not heard from the company, we logged into the on-line portal ...
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Who regulates wireless radio communication in North America and Europe?

Wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, cellular 4G networks and satellite communication are all radio-based under the hood. Meaning that they all send and receive radio signals, inside of regulated ...
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UK second hand car - should catalytic converter be covered under Sale of Goods Act?

I recently bought a second hand car from a fairly small dealership. Within 60 miles of driving the engine management light came on. I took it back and they diagnosed the problem as being the catalytic ...
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Is it necessary to renew a tenancy agreement which states: “Expire on (but continuing thereafter by virtue of statute..)”

I have been living in UK for 10 years, lived in 5 different places. Only one of my previous landlords used to renew the contract every year. By renewing I mean signing a new contract and new dates but ...
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Can a company handle paying taxes and other bureaucracy work for a freelancer

Pardon my terminology. I'm very much not a lawyer, but I used to watch Ally McBeal as a kid, so I think I got the hang of this. This is actually a subset of a vastly larger problem, so the ...
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Is there a (preferably free) way to search small claims court records in the UK?

I want to check up on a second hand car dealer in the UK to see if they've had any small claims court cases against them (and preferably the result of these cases). Is there any publicly available ...
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Does a contractual notice period apply to internal transfers?

I work for a UK company. My contractual notice period is one month. Recently I've successfully applied for an internal post at a higher salary. My understanding is that I will start work in the new ...
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Is it legal to be detained by a private rail or bus company for not having a valid ticket?

My question relates specifically to the UK. Is it legal for a private company, say a train or bus company, to detain you if they determine that you don't have a valid ticket? Furthermore, if it is ...
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Choosing Which 20% to Inherit

A relative has recently passed away in Spain. I live in the UK. They have left me 20% of their estate, my brother will receive 80%. I'm expecting this might be 20% of cash and some items such as a ...
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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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How can a court avoid creating precedent?

There are a number of ways in which a judge may avoid following precedent – overturning or distinguishing a previous ruling, for instance. However, is there any way for a court (particularly a ...
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In UK: is it a requirement by the law to carry an ID

What if I get stopped by immigration officers and I have no ID on me? I am a British citizen.
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Graduation Project Patent Protection

I am currently doing my graduation project. I am an undergraduate student in a UK university, and invented a new diagnostic device for clinical use. I finished my prototype and it's nearly the end of ...
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When was judicial attire first specified in England (or the United Kingdom)?

To many (if not most) of those not involved in legal matters, court dress may seem a bit absurd. Wigs, especially seem out of place in modern society. It is obvious that the judicial costume must date ...
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Is the law of unjust enrichment based on an 'absence of basis' or 'unjust factors' approach?

Many common-law practitioners should be familiar with the competing theories on how to conceptualise the law of unjust enrichment. Is the law still confined to an 'unjust factors' approach as ...
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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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Can a spyware or a virus act legally with EULA?

Lets think there is a virus that acts like a software. Its acting like a regular software. It's installation is visible to user and again like a regular software, it asks user to accept its End-user ...
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Is it illegal to listen to Air Traffic Control transmissions in the UK?

According to Is it illegal for Joe Public to listen to ATC in the UK? over on Aviation.SE, although aviation transmissions are broadcast publicly, in the clear, unencrypted; it is illegal to listen to ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Section 3A of the United Kingdom's Computer Misuse Act 1990

Section 3A of the United Kingdom's computer misuse act states you are not allowed to produce, obtain or supply articles which can be used for computer misuse. How do UK information security bloggers ...