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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Publishing an old journal with possibly offensive content

I am in the process of transcribing my Grandfathers journal from Mesopotamia in 1920-22. In it he uses mildly derogatory terms regarding local population which would undoubtedly not be used today. ...
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How does it make any sense that a landlord buys its tenant's leasehold interest in the landlord's property?

Pls ELI5. The Landlord (Hughes) unmistakably owns the property leased to the lessee (Metropolitan Railway Co). Thus why'd a Landlord buy the lessee's leasehold interest in the landlord's own property?...
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Is it illegal to NOT store logs within the UK? (VPN related)

Introduction: I co-run a VPN company. I have a few legal questions since our service has a strict NO-LOG policy enforced. Question: In the UK, it is illegal to store sensitive and private customer ...
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How to prevent assets in a will from being passed to a person suffering from incurable dementia?

Triggered by this question, a similar one. How can I write a will such that if a beneficiary is suffering from senile dementia at the time I die, they are passed elsewhere? The situation may well ...
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Missed flight, can we take the airline to court to claim money to rebook remaining flights?

A couple of weeks ago me and my partner went on holiday. We had booked with Thai Airways and had a multi-part ticket. London -> Bangkok, Bangkok -> Tokyo, Osaka -> London (via Bangkok) On the day of ...
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In the UK, who owns the intellectual property of a thesis?

Assume the following problem: A person decides to create software for his thesis. His application turns out to be very profitable. If he continues creating it, will the University own the ...
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United Utilities claim for outstanding balance with no move out date

Earlier after signing in to check my credit report, I noticed it had been dropping and discovered that there appeared to be United Utilities (UU) payments in arrears. I contacted them and have ...
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Can I refer to another contract in a contract?

Should state that I am in the United Kingdom (England specifically if that makes a difference). I have a contract I want to make for a web design job and I have created a contract that lays out the ...
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Consumer rights after broken firmware update?

In the UK (and all over the EU) as a consumer, I have strong protection if I buy a product and it was faulty when it was purchased. Even if the fault was not visible, for example if the product lasts ...
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What is UK Citizenship status of two persons born between 2000 and 2006?

I have two children both born in the UK between 2 October 2000 and 29 April 2006. I, their father, am a British citizen, their mother was a US citizen and we were not married. Between the birth of ...
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UK Single person council tax discount when owning joint property

We own a joint property in the UK, and are full taxpayers of all taxes including standard rate council tax band for the region. But my partner will be going abroad for a significant amount of time (6 ...
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Seeking advice regarding Judicial Review in the form of Cart against Upper Tribunal refusal permission to appeal

I have an immigration issues here in UK. My asylum claim was refused back in April 2013, by Home Office using words that doesn't exist and or using non-existent events and what was more worse by that ...
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Are there any cases where the witness has answered the cross-examiner to highlight what he is attempting,and what are the potential consequences

Often a cross-examiner will make suggestions that are almost certainly not believed by the cross-examiner himself. I am sure that there have been belligerent witnesses who have thrown abuse, but have ...
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Cross examination ethics

Due to an ongoing case, I was wondering the following. Can any complaint be made if a barrister suggests something plainly absurd (e.g. the witness made it up when there is CCTV evidence) and also ...
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Neighbour Flooding UK

My neighbour is higher than us and there is water coming down from their garden in just one spot away from their house. This has never happened before in 40 years, but has now been constantly ongoing ...
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Can a company make an ethical commitment to customers that survives even when it's sold?

TL;DR: Suppose a company has made a specific ethical commitment to its customers. When selling that company, is it possible for the seller to prevent the buyer from reneging on or dropping that ...
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A UK scammer frauded money from US victim

Could this US victim accuse this UK scammer? Since uk and us has different legislations, how should the victim accuse the scammer?
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What is the legality behind landlords throwing away tenants belongings UK?

Me and my housemates have started having issues with our landlords, where they will dispose of any utensils left on the kitchen worktop or in cupboards without being cleaned. Before moving into the ...
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Volenti non fit injuria in English Law

An interesting situation had just happened to me and made me think about a potential line of defence in case of troubles. From the beginning: my neighbour asked if I could let him jump from my ...
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Cleaner leaving defamatory messages on fridge - is this a crime?

Come across a situation with a friend of mine which I'm not sure is actually illegal or just really bad practice, they live in university accommodation and while all residents are out one of the staff/...
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Can you copyright reproduced information by open government licence?

I want to use some of the information from one website, but that website has a copyright. The source of the information is under Open Government License" I have a few questions regarding the licence ...
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Business contact based on observed activity - is it right?

My mother recently posted this on Facebook, but I'm interested in terms of the legalities regarding communication and observation. Earlier this year I joined a gym. Small one, based in local town, ...
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Playing cards, other than for stakes, in licensed premises (UK)

You hear a great deal of rumour and out-of-date information about the legality of playing cards in pubs. If I play cribbage or dominoes with my son, who's under 18, in a pub but with no money or ...
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Manager interrogating employee about sick days

My friend is working in a big company. She used to be pretty autonomous and self managing. After restructuring her job responsibilities were completely changed and she was placed under an extremely ...
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Resources to learn the whole of UK Law?

Hello Law Stack Exchange, I'm currently looking for reliable resources to learn the whole of UK Law, but i have been suprised at the apparant lack of avaliable resources during my internet searches ...
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What is the right daily rate for annual leave in the UK when unspecified in employment contract?

tl;dr I had an amount of annual leave at the end of my contract and I want to determine the daily rate for payment in lieu of the untaken days of annual leave. My employer initially paid half the ...
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UK - Cooling off period after signing rental contract

I'm in process to sign a contract for a flat. The conditions written are the following: one year with no break clause. Before signing I'm trying to find out the following information. Is there in ...
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Scraping legal disclosure reports to build a database?

I am thinking of scraping business related data from websites like the UK's National Storage Mechanism, where all UK publicly traded security issuers must periodically report various bits of ...
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Is the description given in sales material for a house binding in the UK?

My partner is currently purchasing a property in England. In the report returned by the solicitor upon completing the searches, it is indicated that the shed and greenhouse are not included in the ...
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Limits on reasonable compensation for a carer in the UK

Alice is in her 90s, blind and becoming deaf, with increasing dementia. She lives in a retirement home in the UK with some carer support. She sold her house to fund this, and has plenty of money. ...
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Is the Belfast Agreement a treaty?

How does the Belfast Agreement take legal effect? Is it a treaty?
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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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Is there a database containing all court cases publically available in the UK and or US?

I am a Cyber Security student just starting on a course the depends heavily on the use of court cases that used electronically stored information to determine the verdict of a case. Are there a few ...
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UK - Is it legal for a website not to offer an option to cancel their service online?

In some countries, as far as I'm aware, if you are able to hire service on a website, it's illegal not to be able to cancel it through the same channel (i.e. without having to call, email, go to a ...
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What was wrong with 2010 Flash Crash?

While looking for recent market crash, I came upon 2010 Flash Crash, but I am unable to understand what wrong did the alleged Navinder Singh Sarao did. Entering an "order to sell stocks( or shares)" ...
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Did not receive yearly bonus, despite being employed at the company during the bonus period

At my last place we had a bonus scheme based on performance. If you met all of your targets for the year the bonus was 5% of your base salary. If you exceeded all of your targets for the year the ...
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Free potable water law in UK and EU

In Britain, all licensed premises are required by law to provide "free potable water" to their customers upon request. What legislation covers this? Is this the case in other European countries? I ...
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At what point can you walk out of a restaurant if they make you wait to pay the bill?

The other day, I ate at a restaurant; the food was fine, and I got to paying the bill. Their payment system went down. They couldn't accept cards; only cash, and I didn't have the cash on me for the ...
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Is the EU Settlement Scheme legal?

I moved to the UK 20 years ago when I was a 14-year-old child. I settled here - studied, worked, started my own business, had kids and so on. Because of the EU membership, I was guaranteed equal ...
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UK inheritance: partner, sibling, child

Let's start with person A. Person A wants to write a will leaving "everything" to their partner, person B. They are not married, or in a legal partnership of any kind. Person A would prefer that ...
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Does buying property on mortgage gives any sort of protection against future Compulsory purchase & massive devaluation

Background (inserted editorially) One of the risks of buying a flat / house is that the neighborhood will be declared blighted by the government which would then force property owners to sell their ...
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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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Can someone be a director and shareholder of a company in UK without having rights to work in UK

Can someone be a director and shareholder of a company in UK without having rights to work in UK ? Scenario: 2 Directors, one is British, second one is not british and there right to work is expired,...
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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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Is it duress if you feel you are forced to sign a contract by an employer?

When I was promoted, I was given a significant sign-on bonus, but was made to sign a document that said if I left within 12 months, I would have to pay back the gross amount in around two weeks. I ...
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What is the super-Wednesbury standard of reasonableness?

A brief Oxford law dictionary entry on Wednesbury unreasonableness mentions that recent cases indicate that the standard of unreasonableness may be applied with varying degrees of stringency. In ...
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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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What are the legal affects of not mentioning heirs or successors in this act?

The Meeting of Parliament Act 1797 starts with: Whenever his Majesty, his heirs or successors, shall be pleased, The Prorogation Act 1867 starts with: Whenever (save as herein-after excepted) ...
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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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Why aren't Cabinet meeting records released after 20 years?

A page on the National Archives' website states the following: Records of cabinet meetings are confidential documents and only transferred to The National Archives after 30 years - the 30-year rule....