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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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Is income tax due when the work is done, or when it is paid?

For example, I do some work for my employer in the 2016-2017 tax year, but they take a while to pay me and I only actually get paid in the 2017-2018 tax year. In which tax year should that income be ...
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Would having a lodger be considered letting?

Would a restrictive covenant for letting on a property prohibit lodgers?
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Could the UK “sue the EU” in a way which affects the Brexit settlement?

It has been reported (for example here) that Donald Trump suggested the UK sue the EU as an alternative to negotiating Brexit. Many interpretations of these comments are possible and as the discussion ...
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Can I register a trademark after leaving a company in the UK?

I've been working on a new product for a company as a software developer (creating it from scratch). I've come up with a name for it as well which my manager didn't tell me to do but I decided to be ...
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EU Consumer Goods Guarantee, who is responsible the Retailer or Manufacturer?

The title of the question basically sums up my question but for completeness I will provide some more details. Roughly 15 months ago I entered into a contract with a large phone service provided who ...
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Do we need to show ID when we return items to the shop?

I was asked to show my ID when returning the item which I bought from their online shop. I brought it in to one of their shop in London to have my refund, however, they told me the card I used for the ...
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Company changes its legal name but not that on its staff handbook. Can I ignore the staff handbook?

In UK employment law, the staff handbook often forms part of the contract. I work for Company XYZ. This is clearly stated in my contract. The handbook is for Company ABC, which is my employer's old ...
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Legal status of sodium pentothal (thiopental) in the United Kingdom

Is sodium pentothal (thiopental) legal in the United Kingdom? To be quite honest, I have not checked the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. From Wikipedia. It was previously the first of three drugs ...
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Is it legal to post my experience about my landlord?

I had a horrible experience, wanted to move out and the landlord reactivated the ad. Is it legal to post a comment to highlight my negative experiences? To me it seems like giving 1 star to a product ...
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Are Phone Number lists with no other personal data allowed under GDPR?

Given a phone number list stored in a format such as this: 02321 203201, 203120 023102, etc. Would this be classed as personally identifiable information under the new GDPR regulations or as there ...
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Letting agency UK - possible breach of contract

I own a property in the UK which I am renting out. I signed a contract with the agency that clearly states that the fees are 10% inclusive of VAT. The agency has been charging me 10% + VAT (...
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Carrying a Sgian Dubh - UK

There is a LOT of conflicting information on this subject online, mostly revolving around whether or not traditional dress is "sufficient reason" to carry what is essentially a knife in public. My ...
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Child Arrangements Order non-biological relative living arrangements

I have been granted a UK Child Arrangements Order for a child who is not biologically related to live with me. By Virtue of this order (Childrens Act 1989, Section 12, Paragraph 2) I have been granted ...
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Police stop & search in the uk

in the UK when being dealt with by the police fr whatever reason, are you entitled to film the process and can the officers threaten to seize the phone to use as evidence
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When will a passport be needed to go the UK from the EU?

When the UK was a member of the EU there was no need for a passport to visit the UK. It was enough with a ID card from your EU country or a driving license. As brexit process is going on when are EU ...
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my landlord won't let me in on the day my tenancy begins, is this legal?

My tenancy begins on July 1st, however as this is a Sunday my letting agent will not give me the keys on this day. I really need to move my stuff in on July 1st, can I claim that not allowing me to ...
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Legal status of an ongoing situation pending an appeal

Apologies for the title. I could not think of a concise and accurate way to phrase it. I will phrase this question in terms of charitable trusts, but my question is really about the general principle....
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Are UK Tier 4 visa holders permitted to have royalty income?

I am going to the UK for an MA degree. According to the Tier-4 rules, I am not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week or be self-employed. I currently have a published book, and I receive ...
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Does my employer have to pay redundancy when my contract takes me over two years service?

My employer has given me notice of redundancy. I am just short of two years service so my employer is not paying me redundancy pay. My contract specified that I am to be given 6 weeks notice. My ...
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Isn't “upskirting” illegal in the UK? Why?

According to this article https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2018/jun/15/upskirting-happened-to-me-and-now-im-changing-the-law-video "upskirting" is not illegal in the UK. That sounds ...
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Two concurrent contracts, both “Entire Agreements”

I have been offered a new job with a startup company. The main contract covers terms of remuneration, start date, confidentiality, etc, and asserts that it is the "entire agreement", which seems ...
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ILR based on Tier 2 category, salary threshold reduction because of paternity leave

I will be on 2 weeks paternity leave which will reduce my salary, even though it will be above threshold but still I would like to know... Does salary reductions because of paternity leave still need ...
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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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Is answering a question you are not sure about under oath perjury?

Suppose I struggle to see at night, but was witness to a crime that took place and have been asked to give testimony. At the stand, I am asked whether I saw the defendant committing the crime, and ...
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Can I force my wife to have a DNA test on a child?

Long story cut short my wife had an affair while we were still living together and I found out she was pregnant shortly before finding out about the affair. She resists talking to me about the unborn ...
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Is it legal to sell holidays back to employer in UK

I would like to know if it's legal to sell holidays back to employer in UK ? My employer don't have any issue with this but I want to know if it's legal as I will be applying for ILR soon and need to ...
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Why do UK universities publish their financial statements online?

I'm currently doing research on economies of scale for UK universities. I've investigated all financial statements of UK universities online, because almost all of the universities published these ...
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What are the implications of the Good Friday Agreement for customs controls?

After the Good Friday Agreement was concluded, customs and security controls between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom were removed (From Wikipedia). The Irish border is one of the major ...
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Construction Contracts: Who retains the hardcopy?

It seems obvious that a Contract Administrator would retain the 'original' hard copy of a Construction Contract between an Employer and a Contractor, but is this correct, and is it expressly stated ...
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Does the UK have a legal precedent for “inherence” with refunding digital goods (& associated contracts)?

For example, if one were to purchase a digitally distributed video game, then a year or two later purchase DLC (or other content reliant on the game to be used), if a refund was obtained on the ...
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(UK)Freelance work on a student visa

I know that a Tier 4 General Student Visa has limits, up to 20 hours of work per week, no self-employment, no filling in for full-time staff, no statutory position, so that jobs are not taken away ...
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Can I trademark a logo that contains a font licensed under SIL OFL?

I am trying to determine whether I am able to use an OFL font in my UK trademark. From the research I have performed myself, I have determined that OFL fonts can be used in logos, as shown here: http:...
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Why do Acts of the UK Parliament still start with a lengthy bombastic sentence?

Source: Rebecca Gowers. Plain Words (2014 ed). p. 76 Top. Can't the hackneyed sentence (in bold, below) be shortened? Why not something less pompous?   The first affects only the official. It is ...
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Is being dead considered a valid alibi?

If someone would legally be considered DEAD for a period of time¹ and during that period of time they would commit an illegal act, in the UK, could they, during a lawsuit, claim to be innocent because ...
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Do marketing emails require consent?

I am getting spammed with marketing emails from Tough Mudder. Their unsubscribe link takes me to a page where I have to either accept the fact they will send me emails or unsubscribe from everything, ...
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UK, Office of National Statistics, personal or organisational right to deny data requests

In the UK, the Office for National Statistics regularly produces and publishes a wide range of the information about the United Kingdom that can be used for social and economic policy-making as ...
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AddEstablishing an easement in UK

How does one establish an easement for parking in the UK? It's an area the size of 5 cars opposite my house where I've regularly parked (not everyday in the week but at least one day per week) over ...
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What counts as material or non-material damage under the GDPR?

In Art. 82 GDPR: Right to compensation and liability it states: (1) Any person who has suffered material or non-material damage as a result of an infringement of this Regulation shall have the ...
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Do accelerators or incubators help to getting visa?

If I have a MVP(Minimum viable Product = creating a prototype of a tech invention or idea) that I like to find an investor or create a startup around it in UK/Germany/US/Canada, applying for ...
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Do I have to send one of those emails after updating my privacy policy for GDPR?

We’re all getting them: “We’ve updated our privacy policy” emails from companies left, right, and centre. But are organisations required to send them? Or are they sending them because everyone else is?...
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Letting agent lying (UK)

We visited a property to rent, we made an offer which was accepted, paid deposit + admin fees, received the tenancy agreement with a special clause which says that we can't use the balcony!!! (they ...
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Does a citizen have to open the door to UK police if they do not give a reason?

I just watched a video of English police talking to a lady through her door. She refused to open up unless they told her why they were there. The police refused and told her to open up or they would ...
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Can a CCJ be removed from a credit report

Is it possible to remove a CCJ from a credit report? I coming to the point in my life where I'm looking at getting a mortgage but have a County Court Judgement looming over my credit report and many ...
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Is it breach of contract if dismissed before starting work?

I've been dismissed by a company I was due to start a job with, just a few days before the job was meant to start. They have no intention of providing me with any compensation despite the fact I ...
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Is Apple abusing its position with iOS by requiring MacOS to build apps?

In Europe, we have a concept of abuse of a dominant position. http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consumers/abuse_en.html When you develop an App for the very popular iOS devices, you're required to use ...
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Is a fraudster liable for losses in this situation?

The usual rule of law is that a fraudster is liable for all losses/restitution, due to their fraud, whether or not reasonably foreseeable. Suppose a fraudster's deception causes a person to take a ...
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Does the UK allow someone to opt out the full electoral register?

I am aware that the open register has an opt out option, but does the full register also have an opt out option? The gov website is silent on this issue.
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Sleeping in a car whilst intoxicated

If a person were to go out drinking, head back to their car, leave the keys on the front seat, the engine off and get in the back to sleep it off, would they have comitted an offense? There appears ...
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UK - Does an employer need to complete a right to work check for a volunteer?

In the UK, does an employer need to perform a right to work check on volunteers? Every year, NHS doctors and nurses volunteer to assist. I believe it is volunteering, not voluntary work (they don't ...
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GDPR liability for Web Designer

I am a web designer that works with a range of clients on a project basis. I complete a project and then offer my services at any hourly rate for any other work required in the future. Do I have a ...