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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Is it legal to resell a McDonald's Big Mac? [duplicate]

Or any other meal from McDonald's. Reselling as in I buy it and resell it without telling the buyer it's from McDonald's.
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medical software: liability vs indemnity in UK?

if one is doing a medical software for other company then one needs indemnity (client may have to pay to fix errors) or liability insurance (patient may be badly diagnosed)? or both?
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invoice for services with specific monthly payment vs salaried employee

I got a remote work offer for a company based in UK , they asked me if i would be able to confirm if it would be acceptable for me to invoice them monthly for my services or whether i would need to ...
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Colloquialisms as defamatory statements

Considering a claim, in which the particulars state that words or phrases, often used in a colloquial manner, have caused or may cause financial and/or reputational damage to persons or businesses. ...
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Legality of "viewing/listening" Illegally uploaded material [duplicate]

So, it's common for the average person to no longer directly download and store a file that contains a movie/tv show but to listen directly from a website, as these files are not stored and not kept ...
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Does creating a YouTube client via the YouTube API infringe copyright?

I have developed an iOS app that acts as a YouTube Client using the official YouTube API. I've been very care to ensure that my app complies fully with the YouTube API ToS (https://developers.google....
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Photographs on social media being altered and reposted

What protections are available for images owned by me and published via social media when they are taken, edited, then re-published? For example I publish an image which belongs to me on Facebook. ...
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Can a person be sued retroactively for copyright infringement?

Consider a blog on which the blog author displays images taken from internet sources. The author later learns about copyright implications of this. If the blog author removes the images from the site,...
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Would using a wired BYOD device to connect to a corporate network be considered a breach of the BYOD policy? - United Kingdom

I connected my laptop to one of the ethernet ports at work, having signed a BYOD policy allowing me to bring my own devices to work. The document never explicitly said that I couldn't connect my ...
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Article 9, ECHR question

Just doing some reading on human rights law, particularly article 9 and the case of R(on the application of Playfoot) v Millais School Governing Body (2007). I wanted to know if a specific ...
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Can my landlord force me to stay?

I currently live in a residence for temporary stays in London with which I am under contract. The contract stipulates a minimum term of 5 weeks (which is passed) and then rolls on a weekly basis. I ...
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Are you legally required to delete your company's social media profiles if you go out of business?

If you're stopping your business (by choice or bankruptcy), are you legally required to delete your social media and blog content? I'm asking because someone who works for a company that's closing ...
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Would I go to prison for killing the neighbor's dog if it attacked me?

My neighbors have a wild dog, they are aware of that hence they put a sign which says "beware of the dog." I try to avoid it but presently there are roadworks near my house so I have to pass by the ...
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Acid attack on garden - perp arrested and charged

My neighbour threw acid over my garden; he has been charged for criminal damage. I was told by a (junior) policeman that I'd need a loss assessor's assessment on the amount of damage before the first ...
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Will those in UK who have had court fees charged to them, now get it back?

The UK government is going to stop the payment of Criminal Court Charges for those tried in court. Will those who have already paid these charges now get their money back, and will those charged ...
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OEM Legislation

As an OEM, is it legal to use branded motherboards, such as ASUS in our own enclosures. I am aware that the other parts get used by major computer makers such as HP. However they usually make their ...
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Is it legal not to have a working stopcock in the UK?

I rent a ~50 year old terraced house in the UK, and had some plumbing work done recently. The plumber said the stopcock doesn't work, and so had to freeze the pipes to get the work done. This makes me ...
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Company closed and using my holiday entitlement for those days

I'm a little confused here so hopefully someone can help. I'm from the UK and I get 28 paid holidays a year including bank holidays. However, the company I work for are closed for 2 days over ...
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Does any western European country prohibit its citizens from travelling to particular areas abroad?

In several countries, including European countries, there are public worries about citizens travelling to Syria. Although those press reports are not always precise, what is usually meant is people ...
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Is there a law against leaving the engine running in a parked vehicle?

So let's say the scenario is people parking on a public road in close proximity to homes (no gardens or footpath between houses and road), and waiting for 10-20 minutes with their engines running. ...
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How to publish a book having TIER4?

I have read the documents stating which types of work are available for the students, studying in the UK and having TIER4 visa. These state that you can't be self employed. Another site suggests that ...
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is it an offence to remove someone else's hat?

Is it an offence to remove or knock off someone's hat without consent? An example would be A civilian removing a policeman's hat without using any force. A civilian removing another's baseball cap ...
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Providing exam solutions?

Some universities do not provide solutions/mark-schemes to exam papers. If someone (e.g. a student) was to upload online (e.g. via a blog or in a document) solutions that they themselves have made ...
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Relevance of providing "warning" and having "reasons" before withdrawal in McPherson v BNP Paribas

This question refers to the case MacPherson v. BNP Paribas IRLR 558. Mr McPherson withdrew his claim on medical grounds. In paragraph 31 he appears to be implicitly criticised by the Court of Appeal ...
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Where can I find information on how low-income appellants funded their cases?

Assume that: the appellant has little or no income and money. the case's legal fees have already been significant; the appellant has already undergone a trial, and likely the County Court and EWHC. ...
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EU Data Retention Directive and the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill 2015

Was the EU Data Retention Directive ever transcribed into English law? If so, the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill 2015 would appear to be somewhat moot?
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Are UK accounting laws compatible with South African accounting laws?

My mother is in South Africa. She has British Passport and would like to return to the UK. At present, she is a bookkeeper in South Africa but as I understand it, different countries have different ...
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Are there "rape shield" laws in the UK?

This question is prompted by the BBC program "Is This Rape?" which is currently on iPlayer. The program contains a story of a fictional sexual assault, which goes to court (starts in the program at ...
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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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If livestock damages my car on a public road, is the owner liable? (UK)

I live in England in the UK. I frequently commute to work via a scenic country route. Sometimes a farmer marches his livestock down one of the public roads. The cars stop on one side and the farmer ...
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My nickname violate the Google+ Names Policy, how about my privacy?

I would like to use my nickname instead of full name when commenting on random posts within Google network. However when I wanted to enforce that (by changing my Full Name into nickname), I found out ...
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UK Ambiguous Contract and Debt Collection

In the UK, if a service provider interprets a contract in a way believed to be unfair by the consumer (say for arguments sake they believe the consumer owes them £50), are they allowed to immediately ...
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Tier 2 Visa to Spouse Visa (UK) - claim income tax refund?

I am a UK citizen 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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Obtaining British citizenship through naturalization as EEA citizen

I am Lithuanian (EEA European Economic Area Citizen) and have lived in UK for 5 years. My wife is Lithuanian too. First proof of me being in UK is my NIN appointment (I had to be present in UK) that ...
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Legal obligations if an employee obtains a rival company's strategy

If I were a manager for a tech company, and one of my employees had obtained a commercial in-confidence document detailing a rival company's strategy for bidding on a contract my company was also ...
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What to do if the defendant failed to follow the court order and send documents to other party

I started a claim against a photography company that failed to attend our engagement party and refused to pay us back. Last week I received a letter from the court saying that our claim is allocated ...
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Is everything between me and my lawyer confidential?

From the law point of view can I tell my lawyer EVERYTHING knowing that he is NOT allowed to disclose anything I tell him including crimes I did in the past or crimes I am planning to commit in the ...
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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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Am I obliged to obtain quotes for my builder's insurance company?

During re-roofing works at my house, rainwater caused extensive damage to a bedroom ceiling, so I have still not made the final payment to the roofing company. They admitted liability and proposed a ...
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Where do telecommunication crimes take place?

In the United Kingdom, where does a telecommunication crime take place? Is it the location of the criminal or the victim? For instance, if you hacked a computer in London, but you were based in ...
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What are the legalities of non-visible residence modification without planning permission?

I read an article about a British man who built a 'castle' behind a wall of hay bails. Then after some period of time he applied for some sort of after-the-fact planning permission under the rule that ...
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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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Legal ramifications of signing someone's deed poll?

I've been asked by a friend if I'll sign their deed poll as a witness. They're trans and are changing their name as part of their transition. I've known them for 10+ years. Are there any legal aspects ...
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Transferring public domain material into a country where it is still in copyright

I've noticed that, in Australia, books created by authors who've died before 1955 are in the public domain. For example, all of George Orwell's works are available from the University of Adelaide: ...
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Can a person be prosecuted for their thoughts?

Let's assume I'm thinking about ___ [1] - am I liable to prosecution? I assume that having thoughts of any kind is not illegal and therefore cannot be prosecuted. We are not in "Minority Report" - ...
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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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In the UK, can remaining silent until a lawyer is present ever adversely affect a jury's decision?

In the UK, a jury is permitted to make adverse inferences if a person exercises their right to remain silent. Are they permitted to make such inferences if a person refuses to answer any questions ...
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What legal action can I take if someone who had access to my personal hard disk copied all my personal pictures into his computer?

A few months ago I had a temporary guest in my residence. During this time he, without my permission, went through my personal hard disk and copied all of my pictures onto his personal computer. (...
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How to freelance in the UK without violating the terms of my visa?

I am a non-UK student studying in the UK. I have a visa and everything is pretty good, but my visa states that I can work no more than 20 hours per week. I don't want to have any problems, so how can ...
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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 ...