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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 it legal for the police to take you away from home and abandon you without means of getting to safety?

It is reported that police arrested a man at his home in the middle of the night, drove him three miles away and "dearrested" him nine minutes later. He was left with no money, phone and ...
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What are my rights in videoing an encounter with a hostile person?

Scenario I asked a fellow dog-walker to prevent their dog from snapping at mine. They became very irate but I just walked away from the situation. I may have said "Please keep your dog under ...
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If the police tell you not to drink does that have any legal force?

It is reported in the news that during an arrest of suspected protestors a police officer instructed one person that they could not drink their coffee with a reason that it may be poisoned. This ...
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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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Can defendants wear an earpiece or headset in the dock to communicate with their lawyer?

Besides its presumed prejudicial effect on juries' perception of defendants, secure docks such as the one pictured below are often criticised for inhibiting defendants' ability to communicate with ...
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Is the server owner required to ask for ID to allow access to adult content on a Discord server in the UK?

Consider somebody is running a Discord server that allows for NSFW content. They use the NSFW tag on the relevant channels, so as to defer to Discord's own "I am over 18" button for ...
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Is it legal to format shift / strip DRM in the UK?

Suppose I have lawfully purchased an ebook for myself, on a permanent basis. Section 28B "Personal copies for private use" of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 seems pretty clear ...
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Pension rights post Brexit

In the EU, if you worked in another member state for a period of time, that period will add to the minimum amount of time you need to work to be able to claim pension from another member state (with ...
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What happens to offset accounts when the lender becomes insolvent?

In Australia and the United Kingdom, it is common for home loans to come with an offset account. The balance of the account is “offset” against the loan when calculating interest, so the borrower ...
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What are the laws governing eviction of a fired employee out from the office?

The laws on dismissing an employee in the UK are in this link. What are the laws dictating how a dismissed employee must be walked out of the office? For example, is it legal to not allow him/her to ...
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Under what law were the Republic protestors initially detained?

The detention of the Republic protestors at the coronation is reported so: At around 6am on the morning of the coronation, Smith and his colleagues brought down the amplifiers and megaphones from ...
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Can the landlord force viewing of apartment during lockdown? (England)

My landlord is considering selling the flat I am currently renting and would like to arrange viewings. However, we are still in a national COVID lockdown, and I do not feel comfortable letting people ...
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If the KJV is still in copyright in the UK could I have a problem if people buy something quoting it from the US?

I'm creating a Christian game with KJV quotes which will be printed and published -via self-publishing- in the US. I understand the KJV is in the public domain worldwide, except for the UK. Could I ...
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Is the inability to bypass a duty free shopping area in UK airports a violation of the Equality Act?

In many airports in the United Kingdom, passengers are required to walk straight through a duty free shop (as in straight through it, not alongside its entrance) to get to the departure gates after ...
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Electric meter inaccessible

My landlord has installed the electric meter of my flat, in a fast-food / deli building next to my building. He owns both buildings. I can't get access to the electricity meter when I want to (either ...
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Is there a "default" way to end a contract, particularly wrt mobile phones?

It is in the news that mobile phone companies are making it hard for people to cancel their contracts. In the "old days" this would have meant a letter to the organisation cancelling the ...
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Liability for theft due to making someone else's property less secure

An owner of a garage in a row of garages removes all locks and even the handle from their garage door and leaves it in this very obvious vulnerable state for many weeks or months. A thief enters that ...
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Does the UK building regulations allow for having no principal contractor for domestic clients?

Under The Building Regulations 2010 (as amended), a domestic client is a client where the project is being carried out for non-business reasons. A contractor is someone who carries out the work, and ...
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Can the school force me to log into my social media accounts?

I live in the UK and go to a public school. Sometimes the school will force students to log into the social media account because there might be some cyberbullying. Is this legal if they have a reason?...
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Identify defendant in small claims court (UK)

If I want to make a claim against someone in small claims court in the UK, but I only have their PO Box address, what's the procedure? I need some legal thing to compel Royal Mail to give me their ...
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Property developers buying shared freehold blocks of flats (UK)

If a block of flats is shared freehold, say 20 flats and a developer buys a load, if they buy more than a certain % can they force the sale of the remaining flats? The block is located in England and ...
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Council Tax Rebate was sent to the wrong person

I have been renting a London flat since May 2021 and I had informed the council about the move. I even contacted them later on for other issues (environmental and nuisance). When I first moved in, I ...
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At what point are you legally required to engage with the police?

Say one was running along the road, and a police officer shouts "Oi". As I understand it you have no legal requirement to engage with them, and can continue your run. This seems to be ...
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Can Prince Philip's will be unsealed before 2111?

His will was sealed for 90 years when he died, and the Guardian's appeal failed. Can someone else do a different appeal and get it unsealed? Is there any way it will be unsealed before the 90 years is ...
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Regulating fares in the UK transport system - who can unfair 'unregulated' fares be reported to?

I went to book a train from South Wales to Yorkshire and the tickets cost £363. This is obscene and completely beyond its true market value. It is the same price as a flight from UK to USA. I have ...
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Are gender-quotas lawful for academic funding bodies in the UK?

Background I am an academic, working in an interdisciplinary field. The UK's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a United Kingdom government agency which funds research into health and ...
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UK Traffic Cameras

I have seen traffic cameras on UK motorways with a sign saying something along the lines of "Traffic Camera Not working" Is there a reason why they put up this notice? If there was no notice ...
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Facebook Raffle won by organiser's spouse

I recently joined a UK based Facebook group which the owner/admin uses to run raffles to raise money for a youth football team. I believe this doesn't require a licence as it is to raise funds for a ...
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UK Leasehold property - Lease has two different dates 5 years apart (one 5 years before house was built!), which applies for ground rent review?

Six years ago in 2013 I purchased a leasehold property from Taylor Wimpey. The lease says that the ground rent is £125 and increases with the Retail Price Index every 10 years. It's only been six ...
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Can organisations like Extinction Rebellion be sued for costs incurred as a result of them protesting?

If an organisation like ER or specific others are planning to disrupt the airport's operation (re https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-49509852) and that incurs me financial costs as I may ...
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UK consumer law - is Burger King allowed to charge for 'no ice' in a drink?

My parents had visited a Burger King where, given they have small appetites, both ordered junior meals. One had asked for 'no ice' in their Coke, as it's often seen as a classic way for restaurants to ...
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Could using a duress button be a crime?

Some phones have a duress button, e.g. pressing the power button rapidly five times will lock the device and disable less secure methods of unlocking it such as fingerprints and face unlock. Another ...
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Is it legal for an employer to implant chips in the body of employees?

It is being reported in the media that employers in the UK are planning to microchip employees. Can such a procedure be legal? A qualified medical professional would only be allowed to perform the ...
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Legal to mine bitcoin when on U.K. benefits?

I am a uk citizen lining in England who is currently on ESA benefits since I cannot work at the moment. I understand that I am only allowed a certain amount of money in my name at a time and if I ...
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What is the council's legal obligation to provide hot water?

Background I live in a large block of 176 flats that is owned by Lambeth Borough Council (in London, UK). The majority of the flats are rented as "council flats", though some are leasehold. ...
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Purchased property with incomplete Buildings Regulations UK

About six ago we rented the first floor of a converted property. This property (and the flat below ours on the ground floor) was subsequently repossessed from the original landlord and we purchased it ...
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Need computer forensic case citation (urgent)

My mother is about to attend court over a car which was written off by a lorry. The CCTV video recording of the accident was mishandled, such as the storage SD card not being imaged, it was also ...
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What legal employment rights do people with an embarrassing past have?

A few years ago a school teacher in the US lost her job when it was discovered that she had previously performed in pornography. There was no suggestion that she was a poor teacher, it was simply the ...
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Workplace law for dismissals and probation extensions

I posted a large amount of background info here. In short: I began working for a company in the UK on the 1st June this year. My 3 month probation was extended by one month. The notice to extend ...
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Building regulations inspection not done until almost 10 years after the works - still enforceable?

I bought and completely refurbished my UK (Midlands) house 10 years ago. This included removing the problematic old staircase and fitting a spiral staircase. In total, the only building regulations ...
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Is it legal to hide a recording device in a public place to collect evidence if an item is stolen?

Is it legal to hide an inexpensive smartphone or other recording device in a public place in order to obtain evidence if an item such as a bicycle is stolen?
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Obtaining certified copy of old UK adoption ruling

I am trying to obtain a certified copy of an adoption/custody ruling that was made in a UK county court in 1971. The ruling concerns my sibling and it is on their behalf that I am trying to obtain it ...
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Is it legal/appropriate to email a GDPR SAR to the executive team if that is the only email address the company provides?

This is prompted by this question but I am fairly sure I do not have the correct answer so I am making this one. My personal answer to "How do I get my data from company X under GDPR" is to ...
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Industrial espionage - what must happen?

For someone to be charged & convicted for industrial/corporate espionage, what must be proven? The case I have come across is the 2007 McLaren scandal & that resulted in the biggest sporting ...
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What if any is the difference between advertising a product and advertising a business?

In the The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 the requirements for dog breeding to be licensable are: PART 5 Breeding dogs Either or both of the ...
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If one claims scientific justification for a belief do you lose protection for that belief under the Equalities Act?

This recent excellent answer discusses the Grainger test, and states: (ii) It must be a belief and not an opinion or viewpoint based on the present state of information available. Particularly, a ...
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If your child "hacks" your device and "defrauds" the bank what is the legal situation?

In the news today there is a case of a child spending more than £2,500 on their parents iPad. A 10-year-old girl spent more than £2,500 on the gaming site Roblox after changing the password on her ...
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Are British farmers not allowed to slaughter and eat their own animals?

At about 19:30 in the film Dark River (2018) - Tubi, a sheep has broken its leg. the farmer pays a vet £20 to kill it and then hires a knacker to dispose of the body. The farmer later shoots, skins, ...
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UK - What if only one tenant can prove right-to-rent?

I'm doing right-to-rent checks on prospective tenants. They are a couple, one of them can give me a share code, the other one cannot (yet). Can I let the house to just the one person, and allow the ...
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Are there any cases that establish a precedent regarding software patching?

My question concerns the legality of "software patching", specifically making changes to the compiled code of an existing third-party software application in order to alter its behavior. My ...
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