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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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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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Do British Overseas Territories count as United Kingdom with regards to 90 days rule when applying for British citizenship?

https://www.gov.uk/becoming-a-british-citizen This one of the criteria: Spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months Read the full guidance notes and the requirements ...
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How does one value an estate before being able to access details?

Question arising out of this answer. In the UK, one needs to value the money, property, and possessions of someone who died, before one can apply to represent the estate for official dealings. ...
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Striking a “ready willing and able” clause from an Estate Agent's contract

Uk-based I'm about to instruct an Estate Agent for the sale of my house. I asked for a draft of the contract and found that it included a "Ready, willing and able" clause. Full text: You will ...
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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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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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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 control ...
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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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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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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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If I use the Deposit Protection Service-provided Alternative Dispute Resolution, is there any danger of legal fees or legal consequences?

The background of the dispute is below. To be clear, this is not really about the money, but about the principle. I believe the landlord is attempting to take advantage, and many tenants more timid ...
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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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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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Tier 2 Visa to Spouse Visa (UK) - claim income tax?

I am a UK citezen and my wife is on a Tier 2 General visa. We would like to apply for Spouse visa so that she is able to find work with other companies (her present visa is issued for a specific ...
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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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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 my landlord keep my deposit for longer in case additional flea treatment is needed? (renting with pets)

The pet clause in my tenancy agreement (AST) states that the landlord will keep part of my deposit (£300) for an additional 3 months, in case additional flea treatment is needed. I'm perfectly happy ...
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Can holiday pay be lower than the current National Minimum Wage?

If one works irregular hours in the UK one can calculate the holiday pay by calculating the average hourly pay over the last 12 weeks of work. I quit my job (I worked 4 days a week, 8 hours a day) at ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Legal Proceedings concerning one individual due as a defendant in two courts at the same time

A person is due to be a defendant in a court case in county 1, but they get arrested for another crime the night before their trial in county 2, meaning they are due in two court rooms at the same ...
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Dispute began under previous contract, new contract signed, which applies?

Here is a simple scenario to explain my question: A contract is signed in January, this contains non-competes and IP clauses. A dispute begins around the non-compete and IP clauses in February. ...
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Privacy policy for a non profit emailing list?

I am have recently created a website, where users can supply their email to receive mock programming briefs, once a day, for 32 days. I would like to know what I need to include within a privacy ...
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Recorded conversations

In England, If I covertly record someone who is engaged admitting to an affair with me, is it illegal to share that with their fiance without their consent? If so, can I make their fiance aware that I ...
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What power does a tenant have when another tenant is smoking and partying in the property?

My girlfriend is a university student in Northern Ireland and has been living in a shared house since September 2017. After a period of time, her 2 housemates invited a guy around a few times and he ...
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Is someone employed by a Channel Islands based company covered by UK employment laws?

My wife is employed by a company based and registered in Guernsey. The company is also registered at Companies House (in the UK). I know generally the Channel Islands adopt UK laws, so is she covered ...
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Does the Consumer Rights Act 2015 cover damaged goods?

So the situation is: I ordered a bathroom vanity unit from an online retailer. I signed to acknowledge delivery but didn't look inside the boxes until it came time to fit the bathroom - 6 weeks ...
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Is it legal to pretend to be under a certain age to catch pedophiles

I have been in alot of trouble with police lately doing illegal actions to catch criminals. I was thinking of trying something else but I want to make sure that it is legal to do this stuff and what I ...
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UK - ex landlord asking to pay for repaint

this question refers to the law in the UK. I've moved out of an apartment and my previous landlord is asking me to pay to repaint the bathroom as it's crumbling because of condensation. When we ...
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Does indemnity insurance (for a house) become void if a 3rd party is told about it?

Indemnity insurance is bought if a home's deeds contain a fault, e.g. no access to the property, modifications made by previous owners that are not up to building standards etc. The insurance would ...
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At what point would a piece of educational software become classed as gambling software?

I am a Maths teacher and have had a thought about writing a web-based piece of software to simulate a horse race and the students could compete with one another by 'betting' on these horses. The ...
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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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My pregnant wife is experiencing a lot of stress at work due to an incompetent manager. What are her rights?

My wife has had a new boss a few months back. He does not understand the role his team plays in the organisation. He has tried to force (he uses the word encourage) my wife to take up work that is ...
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Inciting fear in the public

On a recent foreign prank show the following scenario took place. A group are dressed in realistic Hazmat suits. The group are scanning an area with fake radiation detectors. The detectors are set ...
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Internet banking regulations in the UK

I'm writing a report for some University coursework, in which I am supposed to analyse the security of an online bank. I'm trying, with some difficulty, to find any laws/regulations/standards that ...
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VAT for Sole Trader in the UK

I run a website, by which we develope website extensions. Last year, I thought I'd release a commercial extension simply to contribute towards the hosting and domain expenses. Before doing so, I ...
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Does an employer have to compensate travel time to mandatory training in the UK?

If an employer in the UK makes an employee go to mandatory training, does the employer have to compensate the employee for the travel time?
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Financial Market Regulation - Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority

In practice, what are the main differences between the regulatory approach adopted by Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority and that adopted by Financial Services Authority? ...
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How to avoid buying flat which might land under Compulsory purchase agreement

Sorry if its not 100% law related query, as I am new here. It seems that - in UK cities Compulsory Purchase agreement is enforced quite often by local councils.(Although there's a usual farce of '...
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Is EU treaty law supreme over domestic legislation?

European Union law is supreme over domestic legislation. So European Union regulations and directives take precedence over domestic legislation. But does this also mean the law contained within EU ...
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What is the intention of the Meeting of Parliament Act 1797?

When looking at the Meeting of Parliament Act 1797, I cannot determine what it was designed to accomplish. It seems to me to be one of the following: To grant powers to the monarch Due to the ...
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Rights of UK police home visit, no warrant

Police turned up at the door the other day and were unfortunately let in by my very distressed mother before I got to the door (I would have checked warrant, ID etc through door first). My brother and ...
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Record keeping by estate agents

When renting (or buying) in the UK, estate agents will keep a copy of your ID either printed or online. I want to know the reason why this ID needs to be kept and cannot be deleted after the customer ...