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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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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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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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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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What is involved (other than financial + evidence aspects) in bringing a private prosecution in the UK?

Suppose a person commits a financial crime in the UK (say theft, insider dealing, false accounting, fraud, or something similar falling squarely within criminal law). For whatever reason there is no ...
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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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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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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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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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How to prepare for an interview under caution?

My wife and I have been asked to attend an "interview under caution" by Lambeth Council (a local authority in London) regarding our daughter's lack of school attendance (both her GP and a child ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Must I pay rent to be considered a Lodger in the UK?

This question is inspired by How to prove you live somewhere when you live at some friend house for the National Insurance Number in UK and How to prove you live somewhere when you live at some friend ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Forged signature in DHL Invoice

My sister in India sent her dysfunctional iphone to me in the UK through DHL. She signed some paperwork and was charged Rs. 4300 for the transfer. She did not quote a value for the product nor did she ...
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GPDR and remote working

I work as a software developer at a relatively small software company in the UK. My employer is very concerned about the new GPDR law coming into effect in May for the below reasons We currently have ...
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What power does a tenant have when another tenant is smoking and partying in the property?

So 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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What are the criteria for being considered a British citizen by descent?

I am a British citizen who was under 18 when my father applied for naturalization in 1979. I (as well as my father) was then given citizenship when the naturalization came through in 1982. Am I a ...