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 is the legal & tax position of a UK person working remotely for UK firm, in non-UK locations, in Europe and globally?

This question is inspired by this question on travel.stackexchange.com. I am mainly asking about a UK viewpoint, but am interested others (Europe, USA, commonwealth, etc), because at its root, this is ...
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Selling artwork or other creative material under a fake persona

It is possible, using artificial intelligence, to generate convincing images of people who don't really exist. For some examples, see https://www.thispersondoesnotexist.com. If a person were to create ...
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Resignation retraction denied because of replacement, but is not true

A friend of mine (person A) has had his resignation retraction denied because a replacement (person B) has already been moved (without Person A knowing). However this isn't true, as Person B was ...
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If not pictures are exchanged at all, is it ok to have sexual conversations with people who are over the age of consent in their country over phone

If someone 18+ in the US wanted to have sexual conversations with someone who was 17 in the UK (over the legal age of consent) So long as no pictures are exchanged would it be ok to write a "...
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Barrister in the UK

I have had an interest in taxation throughout my adult life, and I recently stumbled upon a position at a Chambers to do exactly that, and they also pay for me to become a Barrister. If I eventually ...
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Dominic Cummings Trip to Barnard Castle - Manslaughter?

The UK government's cheif advisor took a trip to Barnard Castle in the middle of a nationwide lockdown. A clearly illegal act. As a result of this, many people are choosing to flout lockdown rules ...
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Do the police have to kick someone out the house if the owner demands it?

I phoned the police to kick my in laws out the house after they started to take my furniture when they were only meant to take theirs (splitting up with wife). They came but refused to kick them out ...
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Is it legal for a company to offer free coding courses to women only?

A company is offering free coding courses to women and non-binary individuals only. Is this kind of sex-based discrimination legal?
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Do you have to unlock your devices for TV licence inspections?

In this answer Matthew mentions that Section 366 of the Communications Act 2003 grants the person executing the warrant the power to examine your equipment. Specifically it says give the person ...
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Can a lawyer take a ridiculous case?

The situation: A wants to sue B for some money. The reason why B should pay the money is totally ridiculous. Any judge seeing it would just laugh and send A home. But A goes to a lawyer, who tells A ...
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Do I need a TV licence to watch internet live streams?

I am aware I need a TV licence to watch any live TV (including via the channel’s online catchup service), and I need a TV licence in order to watch any content on iPlayer. In the answer here: https://...
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Does the UK TV licensing rules disregard innocent until proven guilty?

I don't have a TV license, I use netflix and amazon prime. In the UK you have to state that you don't have a TV license and sign a declaration to that effect every 2 years (unless you then get a ...
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Can the police examine the digital contents of your smartphone beyond the IMEI if you are searched or arrested?

If you are arrested, can your messages be read and your contacts be retrieved by demand of the police? If so, under what circumstances and caveats?
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If you are arrested, can the police search the digital contents of your smartphone?

I've heard that they collect the IMEI number. Can you refuse consent to this and what happens if you don't unlock it? Further, are they allowed to look into your messages? Further what happens if they ...
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Is a warrant required to access your SMS activity in the UK?

How long is it saved and under what circumstances can it be retrieved by the state?
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Why are mask law violations not dealt with like speeding?

Specifically referring to the UK, where masks just became compulsory, people choose not to follow the law, and retail staff suffer. Why do the police not enforce this the same way as with speeding? ...
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What happens if service is not clear?

Suppose that I have issued a civil claim against a defendant under the UK's Civil Procedure Rules [CPR] §8, which is a simplified procedure often used if no material disputes of fact are involved. The ...
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European prohibitions on bullbars on public roads

I am looking to drive my American SUV in Europe (mainly in the UK, but also probably France, Italy and Germany). I have a hefty bullbar on both the front and back of my 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, ...
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Malicious communications UK

If someone reported someone else for sending ‘abusive messages’ to them under the Mal comms act. Would unsolicited pictures of certain body parts be classed as abusive? The act is ‘send communication/ ...
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Suing a Spanish company in Spanish courts as an UK citizen - Brexit

I want to sue a Spanish company and I'm a UK citizen hence currently an EU citizen. I've been told EU citizens have a right to sue Spanish companies through Spanish courts, whereas non-EU citizens ...
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IP addresses in criminal cases

Are IP addresses enough to convict someone of criminal activity? So for instance, if someone was using their home WiFi network, which would have one IP address, then they use their mobile network ...
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Online dating sites [closed]

If admins/mods of an online dating site comes across a prolific catfish account, would they report this to police if there is a possibility that they’ve broken the law? So for instance, if someone ...
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How quickly will they obtain a warrant?

If the police are investigating a cyber-crime, and all they have is the IP address and they obtain the details from the ISP, how quickly will they usually obtain a search warrant in order to preserve ...
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UK Citizenship in 3 years possible by 10 Million Investor Tier 1 route?

I have plans of applying for the Tier 1 Investor visa UK. I am going to make significant investments amounting to no less than 10M GBP. This makes me eligible to apply for ILR after 2 years. For those ...
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Eligibility of UK citizenship/residency for long time visa holder

My situation is as follows: Born in Hong Kong in 1995, have a BN(O) passport. Spent 2010-2018 in the UK on a tier 4 visa (high school and undergraduate studies). Returned to HK between 2018 Aug - 2019 ...
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Landlord wants access to CCTV footage after we leave and possibly in realtime while we live there

Not sure if this question belongs here, so apologies in advance if I have made a mistake. My landlord has asked me to purchase a CCTV camera to be placed above the front door. We have had a few ...
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Covid19-related regulations in England

The official UK government site https://www.gov.uk/ does not always explain how particular laws and regulations came to be. In particular, it says: In England, you must by law wear a face covering in ...
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British Airways dragging their heels after written promise of a refund (2016) - can I complain/escalate? [closed]

TL;DR I booked flights mid-2016 (with British Airways via Tripsta) I became pregnant I was advised by doctors not to travel (see Zika virus) I cancelled booking (note: flight wasn't cancelled) I ...
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Does an “Own building insurance fee” breach anti-competition law in the UK

Reading this Money Supermarket article about various fees associated with buying a house, I came across an "Own Building Insurance Fee", which is described as follows. This is charged by ...
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In UK law, are any business banking contracts considered unfair and therefore unlawful?

The bank we use for our business banking charged us US$1,300 recently. We incurred the charge by mistakenly initiating two identical transfers on online banking between accounts which have two ...
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There is a gap in my Landlord's Gas Safety Record (UK)

I have a lodger living with me at home. I got my Landlord's gas safety check done but a bit late (it was a day after the last one expired). I just read that if anything happens they will look at your ...
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Non-compete clause in UK, where do I stand?

I currently work for a financial services company in London doing strategy research in a particular asset class. My current contract has - on top of a 3 month notice period - a 6 month non-compete ...
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Taping over a speed camera - UK

Is it illegal to tape over the lens of a speed camera thus preventing it from working? One would assume that this is the case but if you apply the tape in such a way that it does no damage I can't ...
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Is an IP address of a phone an Admissible piece of evidence in court?

If and IP address of a phone was used as evidence in court and that was the real only part of evidence the prosecution had, would that alone be enough evidence to prosecute the defendant?
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IP address details

Usually how long does it take for the police to acquire IP details from the ISP now they no longer need a warrant to serve them under the snoopers charter. Would they usually then come and search your ...
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Can a company charge you to update your address under GDPR?

I was just charged £30 (over the phone) to update my address with an insurance company. I didn't contest it at first and pulled out my wallet to pay the fee and did. However, while I was on the phone ...
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What is my responsibility related to GDPR as a Freelance developer

I'm a Software Engineer, and I've just taken my first "side gig" job in hopes of becoming Freelance one day. I'm based in the UK. My Client told me exactly what they want, and i've built it. ...
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Landlord agreed to dog, but property management said no. What can I do?

I asked my landlord if I could keep a small dog in the apartment for therapeutic reasons. I struggle with depression, anxiety and ptsd and felt a dog could provide emotional support.
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Legality about recovering deceased relative online account

In the case of a deceased relative, is there any law violation in any of these circumstances in relation to an online account (let's say google, facebook, twitter, msn, etc)? Countries interested: USA,...
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Company limited by guarantee - can minors be guarantors?

In the case of companies described as a "Private company limited by guarantee without share capital", I understand that all Members of the company act as guarantors. In the case of it ...
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Purchasing an HMO for use as a family home

I am based in the UK and wish to purchase a house that is currently set up as an HMO (although I don't know what use class it's currently registered as - It was previously used as sheltered ...
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Can a judge remove the requirement of a jury?

From the song The Trial by Pink Floyd The evidence before the court is incontrovertible There's no need for the jury to retire I know I shouldn't read too much into a song (which takes place in the ...
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To what extent can someone be punished by a public institution without a rule or law being clearly stated?

Say a patient does something the director of the hospital thinks is inappropriate. Or say it is a student and a school instead of a patient and a hospital. The important point is that a "user" of a "...
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Refurbishment service by post, can the vendor disclaim responsibility for return shipping?

There is a vendor offering a service to refurbish and paint brake calipers. These items can sometimes have high value, several thousand pounds on the second-hand market. The vendor's terms and ...
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Perma-Banned from game for offsite comment - is that legal?

a friend and I play a pokemon-browsergame, which also offers monthly subscriptions for premium currency and benefits (=real money invested). We are also on a discord server with some friends, where we ...
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Wedding: Return of Deposit Due to Cancellation for Covid-19 Reasons

There are a couple of parts to this question, so I have tried to emphasise the specific questions using the quote function (>quote). The location is UK (specifically England). Additionally... TL;...
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Entering into a Credit agreement without signing any CA in the UK

My wife recently registered herself to an online learning course and opted to pay the course fees monthly. During sign up she was sent terms and conditions of which buried in the terms and conditions ...
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Is a terms & conditions generator good enough for my website?

I am currently in the process of setting up a website which will include affiliate links to vendors for various products. I've been looking into the privacy policy and terms & conditions that i'...
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Can a patent attorney steal your invention in initial consultation?

I disclosed my invention with a patent attorney on my first free consultation to understand if it is patentable and get advice. The patent attorney told me that I can disclose it because they are ...
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GDPR and contact tracing

Alice has a business relationship with Bob, which involves both keeping contact information and enough physical interaction to count as a contact. Charlie contacts Alice and requests Bobs contact ...

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