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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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When is the law broken?

This sounds like an obvious question, but I’m unsure of the answer. I understand there are rules for participating in democratic campaigning. Are these rules part of the body of UK law? If so, if I ...
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My landlord is using the storage space to keep his stuff

I rented a flat in London and it has two storage cupboards in the hallway. But those cupboards are occupied by landlord's stuff so I am unable to use those spaces that I am paying for. It has been ...
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Derivative softwares copyrigths from a more generic software

Imagine consultancy C has a generic software for analyzing data S. Now C has a client C1 and from the software S it derives a software S1 to analyzed some specific data for C1. The overall dependency ...
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Sharing a negative experience using websites with the name of the business/individual who caused it

Imagine this hypothetical situation: My parents have been trying to build a new home for some time and around 2016 they got involved with an architect/builder (let's call him Fred Fraud) who at the ...
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Copyright on code from public source

Let's imagine consultancy A develops a code for client B that use some free available code from a website so it's a derivative work from the free code (MIT license). Can consultancy A re-use the same ...
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software copyright : implementing the same class structure but for different specific clients and purpose

Let's assume the same consultancy implements for client A a software to analyze text data from internal communication of the company. The client B asked the same software to analyze text data from ...
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How to manage intellectual property right for different clients from a consultancy

let's say company A is a consultancy in field XX and develops software solutions for client B. Client B clearly retains the IP of the work done. Then company A will have 2 more clients C and D. Now, ...
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Is making my co-tenants sign a contract to pay their share of the bills helpful in court?

I share a house with three other people, and as I was the first to move in, I had to sign up for some of the bills with my name. However, some of my co-tenants are rather slow and unwilling to pay ...
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Are UK civil partnerships still 'monogamous'?

With civil partnerships soon opening to everyone in the UK, I have been unabe to find whether - like with marriage - you are limited to have one with only a single person? Could some insight with ...
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UK - Hot Water changed from Gas to Electric - What recourse do I have?

Long question, jump to the end for a TL:DR. I rent a house, I'm the only occupant. My Gas boiler was given a gas safety certificate by an engineer who warned me that the boiler was extremely ...
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Could I be held liable for simply sharing the idea for a crime?

If I were to share an observation that I made using publicly available information/knowledge, and then somebody acted upon this to commit a crime, could I be held liable in any way? For example, let'...
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Seeing a co-woker's salary on his screen

My friend is facing the following problem: Her boss left the computer open and she then looked at his screen, where the salary of a coworker at her level (who since has left the company) was ...
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Removing negligent care clause from service agreement

I'm already in an agreement with a dog walker/dog boarding service that takes care of walking my dogs and board them when I'm away and can't take them with me. Recently I've been notified that the ...
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Can you be fired over behaviour in a second/previous job?

This is quite long-winded and I've tried my best to simplify it as much as possible. I'll clarify if needed. Legal Jurisdiction here is US and UK law (if there's a difference) There are three ...
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Client asks me to re-brand supplied media

As a backend web developer in UK, I do some frontend work on a side. A client of mine sent me a brochure of another company and more or less asked me to place his logos over that company's logos, or ...
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“Ignorantia juris non excusat” vs "defence for the accused to prove that he did not know?

I thought that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignorantia_juris_non_excusat is one of the core principles of the law and how it is structured. Here is a snippet from the UK law: https://www.legislation....
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Setting up and running a limited company (UK) remotely (EU)

I would like to ask what are the potential pitfalls of setting up and running a limited company from a different country. In particular, the company would be incorporated in the United Kingdom, and I ...
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Can I ask my employer for details held about me?

A company runs a transformation exercise. It asked for employees to fill out answers against questions, which are submitted to a portal and assessed by a number of employees and scored. These scores, ...
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Can someone on maternity leave in the UK earn money by taking freelance work?

Let's say I work as a social worker (taxes through PAYE) and am on (statutory) maternity leave. Let's say a local contact centre are looking for people to work there, on a freelance basis. Am I ...
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Import Tax - “made in China” versus “made in Taiwan”

Is there any reason for tax purposes a company would stamp made in Taiwan, when the products are actually made in China? Do you pay less tax or VAT when you import them in to the UK? They might do ...
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Do you have a right to your own reference check conducted by a third-party?

You apply through an estate agency for a house and pay them a fee to conduct a reference check. This reference check is then done by a third-party with which you interact with. In the UK, do you have ...
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When is the law broken by a campaign that violates an electoral commission rule?

If an electoral campaign fails to abide by a rule laid down by the electoral commission, has the law been broken? If not, what is the test to determine if the law has been broken?
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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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Are charities prevented from paying money to other charities?

I was recently a participant in a group study, in which there was an option for participants to donate the gratuity offered to a charity. However, I received a message from a researcher today saying ...
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Will the UK keep EU legislation after Brexit?

I have found out recently that the reason why many of the delicious foods in America aren't being sold in the UK, or if they are being altered. It is because of the EU's laws on artificial colouring ...
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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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What are the legal limitations of private security, regarding the use of physical force?

I am just wondering what are the legal limits to the extent to which private security can use physical force? For example, if I am in a private establishment (let's say, a shopping mall); a security ...
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Landlord wants to include a clause where tenant pays rent if property is vacant after leaving. Is this legal/enforceable?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend. I don't have the contract to copy in relevant clauses. A landlord proposes to change the rental agreement. The new clause states that when a tenant leaves, they pay ...
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Child expressly wishes to live with other parent. What is legal position of that other parent? (in general terms)

I am intending to phrase this in broad terms so that it may be useful to posterity, not just myself. The broad situation is: Location is England, United Kingdom Father and mother are physically ...
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Is it illegal to carry a foam baseball bat as a prop on Halloween in the UK?

I am thinking of doing a 'Jacket' from Hotline Miami cosplay/dress up perhaps for Halloween or a convention. I am trying to think about props, but I am worried about the laws against having anything ...
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When does a referral fee become bribery? (UK)

If a company makes an offer like this: Thanks for using the free product. If you think your company would benefit from the advanced features of the premium product, please tell the [person ...
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If holding a photograph is permitted can a company use facial recognition?

If I've given a company permission to hold an image of me - for a photo ID card, for example. Do they need any extra permissions to use facial recognition software? The facial recognition software ...
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Who is “suitably qualified person” and what certificate is required with statement of truths in Family Law in the UK?

Situation I cannot talk because using my name would disclose name of the other parties. Asking a friend to help me out - we've been working together for a year and spent a lot of time hanging out ...
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Lying in Court in the UK

A defendant provable lied in court. We had no right of reply to prove the lies were false. Nothing has been done afterwards. He was found guilty, but received a very light sentence probably based on ...
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Undertakings have expired - am I allowed to do whatever I want?

Previously I’ve asked question about undertakings - Non-molestation - undertakings - Legal Aid - is it possible to appeal? - whether there is a way to dispute them. (what I did not realize at the ...
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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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Sister living with me, but should my parents pay me?

My sister is living with me and my partner due to her and my dad not getting along. She's 15 and my mum also lives with our dad. Should I be getting anything from our parents for letting her live ...
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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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How do I get my car repaired when there was no formal contract?

A month ago we towed our car to a mechanic. Where we agreed that the engine needed replacing and it would take 4 days. All communication was done over the phone nothing in writing (yes this is wrong I ...
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A landlord must provide free internet access, can he charge a deposit for the router?

Had an interesting conversation with a friend about what would happen in such a situation. Let's suppose the contractual term was: "Internet must be provided free of charge to tenants". But a ...
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Redundancy with no consultation

I was recently made redundant after working at the company for just over a year. I was given no indication before hand that I personally might be made redundant (although other departments in the ...
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Private car sale agreement with 6 months warranty

Bought a used car through Facebook market and we made a mistake. On inspection we figured out there was something wrong with one part of car but we were not sure. We offered X amount but seller ...
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Shouldn't a legal entity such as the council, which is asking you to respond to one of their letters, include a pre-stamped envelope?

If I receive a letter from a legal entity such as the council, which is asking me to fill in a form and return it to them via post, shouldn't they include a pre-stamped envelop where I can send the ...
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Can a company refuse service to a share holder?

Assume a large public company. Would the director, or majority share holders of a company be able to legally refuse service to a share holder (on non protected-class grounds)? Would the quantity of ...
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Volunteering Breach of Warranty When Returning Goods

Here is the hypothetical situation that my following question will refer to: Person A purchases goods online. Person A modifies goods in a way that would likely void warranty but the item still works....
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Sharing confidential information between two companies

I own a small company and submitted a proposal to a major company and I received no response. Another company considered my proposal and invited me to present the proposal to the board. I was asked ...
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Are publicly available password dumps legal under GDPR

When a company gets breached by hackers, often the contents of their databases will make its way onto the internet. Sometimes this will include obviously personal information such as email contents or ...
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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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What happens to a contract when company is disolved?

I have been renting a property (residential) for 10 months from a limited company. I wanted to move out of the property recently, they informed me I still have two months left on my contract, i ...
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How to comply with CE marking regulation when importing into the EU/EEA?

I would like to import small electronic consumer products (e.g. Bluetooth speakers) from China and sell them in the EU or more specifically in the UK. Who is responsible for the safety of the product ...