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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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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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Where is the legal responsibility to maximise shareholder value stated in UK company law?

I can not find where in the model articles for UK companies it says the responsibility of the directors is to maximise shareholder value. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/model-articles-for-...
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How startups are able not to pay minimum salaries to their employees?

Is it legal not to pay employees a salary (even not a minimum) and only incentivise them with an equity reward? Do I, as the owner of the company, have to pay a salary for myself?
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Can I take a second job at a potential customer of my first job?

4 months ago I quit my job to found a small startup (A) aimed at solving a niche problem only a few companies (including my old one) experience. I reached out to one potential customer (B) to invite ...
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Is it legal to unlock artificially limited hardware yourself?

Some companies sell hardware that is limited by some means, so that they can charge for upgrades. For example some Tesla cars have batteries with some capacity unavailable to the user unless they pay ...
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Does the UK have HOAs? (homeowner associations / Stratas /Syndic)

I'm looking to move to the UK in 6 months and purchase a flat, but I'm wondering if the UK has also HOAs like the USA? In the USA they are pure hell and want to know if I'll have to deal with them ...
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Can we identify the main source of new law in the UK?

IIUC the primary sources of law in the UK are: statute (acts of Parliament) delegated legislation (statutory instruments) case law EU law But can we pick one of those as being the main source of new ...
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What to do if ex changes child school without my consent? (UK)

If one parent changes their child's school without the others consent (both have Parental Responsibility), what can the other parent do to cancel that? The current school's new vacancy might be ...
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Dispute unpaid debt of a deceased family member

My elderly relative died in December 2018. Her gardener has now (January 2019) sent us an itemised invoice. The items begin in March 2018 and end in November (my relative last left the house in ...
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Am I allowed to reverse engineer/decompile a computer program?

I would like to gather information about how something works from a computer program and use it in my own. However, there is a software licence that forbids it. Except as and only to the extent ...
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How to split Rent-a-Room scheme tax exemptions with joint owners

My brother and I bought a house together. I own 60% and he owns 40% (this is on the deeds). I live in the house and he does not. I have two lodgers living with me, who pay rent. Typically one is ...
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Tied into 2 year contract with incompetent accountant (UK)

I'm 7 months into my first Software contract and setup a limited company before hand. I chose a local accountant based on recommedation and am now regretting doing so as communication is very poor (...
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Non Disclosure Agreement

I was contacted by an employer by phone. He said that he had found my CV online and liked it very much. He told about his idea ( a software program) and said that he is setting up a team, though there ...
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Hypothetical code leak frame up - how to defend?

I imagined the following scenario, where how to mount a defence for the lowest cost (without settlement, in order to clear one's name) wasn't clear to me: The hypothetical case Vocal code critic ...
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Can the owner of an open social media account be held accountable for attached comments made by others?

An "open" social media account can be viewed by anybody. I understand that the laws of the UK and other countries too extend to social media and users of such platforms can be prosecuted for posts ...
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Am I required to re-attach neighbours gate to my fence post?

I’ve had my my fence replaced including new posts, which I’m 100% sure is my my fence, post, and boundary. Previously the neighbour’s gate was directly attached to my fence post, I’ve allowed it to ...
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What would count as reasonable grounds for refusal of a pet?

I'm currently renting a flat and have been for 6 months now. The tenancy agreement states: Not to keep any domestic animals or birds in the Premises without the prior written consent of the ...
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Can the law be used to falsify science?

This may seem very off topic, but sadly it isn't. There is currently a prominent flat earther in the UK who has decided to write a paper to be peer reviewed, which would turn science on its head in ...
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What is the correct length of time in which a landlord must provide rent increase notices in the UK?

The following GOV UK page states that tenants must be notified of rent increases at least 6 months prior to the increase. What I'm failing to understand from this is if that includes the tenancy ...
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Verbal confirmation of contract extension but fell through?

I have been working as an apprentice in a workplace for 1.5 years now in the UK. I was told verbally that I'd be kept on for the next level alongside another apprentice. Shortly after this a message ...
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Can I claim compensation for been wrongly accused?

I have recently found myself in a situation I never thought I would be in. Basically a car as been flashed on the motorway for doing 97mph and the documents were sent to my old address. Whoever is ...
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Case law, statutory law, the UK and the European Union

I have been told that "statutory law" is a "blunt instrument" (presumably due to the cost of change?) and that the UK legal system has developed a system whereby a more flexible "case law" is used to ...
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What should happen if I break a housing contract?

3 months ago, I moved to the UK and I signed a rent contract for a house, along with another person. Recently, the person who shares the flat with me decided to come back to her country, and leave the ...
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Is it illegal to start a cult following after a specific person? (Who is unaware of it)

Evening everyone Me and a couple of friends have been joking about and making a cult out of one of our teachers at school, if the school authorities were to catch us, would we be breaking the law to ...
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UK Law - Working Contracts

Without going into specifics too much. I work on a contract that obviously sets out a specific job description for me and a set amount of hours. However, my team leader is sending me to cover people ...
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Does registering a company in order to digitally sign your software with an Extended Validation certificate increase your legal risk?

I am the sole author of a piece of software which I make available free of charge and is widely used (>100,000 downloads). This software is potentially high risk, although I take very great care to ...
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Defective software update instructions irreparably breaks product. Do any UK consumer or product liability laws apply?

Note - I'm not asking legal advice. I already have a basis of claim in my actual case. But the case prompted a question mark over an apparent loophole in UK consumer protection/product liability law, ...
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Can the majority party/coalition in UK Parliament remove the PM and vote in a new one without calling for total new nationwide elections?

Curious American here. You may have heard we have our own troubles on this side of the pond. From widely reported news, I understand that Parliament voted overwhelmingly against the PM's plan for ...
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Given notice of redundancy before 2 years employment, end date is after 2 years of employment - entitled to statutory redundancy pay?

I work for a small company and due to lack of business they are changing their business model; as part of this my role is now being made redundant. I was given my notice (a duration of 1 month) ...
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Can the Queen still dissolve parliament?

Traditionally it has been the constitutional power of the monarch to dissolve parliament and trigger a general election at will. Ostensibly, the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2011 removed this power. ...
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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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Does right to Data Access request /GDPR supersede restrictions in Employment contract of previous employer

Does right to Data Access request /GDPR supersede restrictions in Employment contract of previous employer ? Is above fundamental right's affected by Clauses in temporary employment contract like '...
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Using Lithium-poly battery in a commercial product

Not sure where to post this question. I gave a product using rpi 3 and it is being used as an external nighttime camera. I add here that I do not expect this product to make me rich as it has been ...
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UK Consumer Rights Act - Can a third party rectify a fault?

Just over a month ago, I purchased a second hard car from a dealership. The car came with a 3 month warranty which stated that if anything goes wrong, it needs to be taken back to their workshop. ...
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Is this fraud by abuse of position?

An acquaintance of mine is the leaseholder of a flat. The management company for the block has appointed Ms P to be the person specifically responsible for this block. Ms P has awarded a significant ...
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Refusal to Accept Information in Certain Forms

A situation that I was in recently got me thinking. Let me state the question first, then give context: if the DVLA can (legally) say that they do not take (or give) information via email, can I (...
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What recourse do I have when someone has bought an old domain of mine, and mirrored my content (badly)?

I am based in the UK and I have run the opendomesday.org website as a free, non-profit history site for many years. When I originally built the site, about 8 years ago, I registered it at domesdaymap....
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Are seat-belt warning alarms mandatory (in the UK)?

I'm aware that wearing a seatbelt has been mandatory in the UK for many years now, but are seat belt warning alarms mandatory, and if so is there any requirement that they be both visual and auditory? ...
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Is my no pets clause being unreasonably executed? [closed]

I am currently trying to get a pet dog for my share of freehold flat (UK). The lease which covers all of the 7 flats that make up the management company currently has a clause prohibiting pets or ...
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Is this Intellectual Property clause over-reaching?

Here's an extract from my (employee) contract All rights to any material and results, and all intellectual property rights related thereto, made, written, designed or produced by Nathan Cooper ...
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Who decides who can enter a jointly owned property?

My partner and I are going through an acrimonious separation. I was forced out of our jointly owned house but am about to return until such time as we can sell it. He wanted to buy me out but has been ...
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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 Act 2000 and ...
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Why doesn't London airport's Lost Baggage policy conflict with Theft by Finding or other UK law?

I lost a bag whilst going through security on a recent flight through Heathrow Airport in London, UK. Since getting home I've been online to try and track the item and have discovered that their ...
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Can 2 cars go at the same time at a stop sign?

The first car stops at the stops sign line and then pulls up to the edge of the road at an intersection. The second car stops at the stop sign line behind the first car. When the traffic is clear is ...
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Is it theft/fraud if one sends confidential info from their work laptop to their own personal web mail but there is no malicious intent? (UK/US)

Sender's intentions are non malicious, but the sender knows they are not supposed to send confidential info out of work laptop, and sender deleted some sent emails to cover up. Their intent is to do ...
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Fee for Subject Access Request to GCHQ, Data Protection Act 2018

When making a Subject Access Request to GCHQ I was told that I would have to pay a fee for this Request. The GDPR does not allow for such a fee, while the UK Data Protection Act does(Part 4 – Chapter ...
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Write Play based on translation

I am in the midst of writing a play based on the Persian poem Layla and Majnun by Nizami Ganjavi. To do this I plan to make use of quotes from an English translated version of the poem. Archive.org ...
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Should I stay schtum? [closed]

Without going into too much detail, my partner has made accusations against me to the police for which I am currently on bail while they investigate. I feel frustrated that his accusations are bogus ...
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Can a conspiracy involve unknown persons

Specifically in the UK, regarding a conspiracy to defraud, is it necessary for the persons making an agreement to actually know each other, or is it sufficient for one to make an offer to any 2nd ...
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GDPR - How quick to honour unsubscribe?

Does GDPR or any other UK law specify the timeframe for removing someone from a mailing list? In our case the mailing list must be created up to 10 days before an automated email send over the ...