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Is there any statutory timeframe for how long one may be forced to wait for a Care Act 2014 need assessment?

If one is left in housing limbo having applied to a local authority as homeless for an unreasonable amount of time (I've heard it may be six months), one may be entitled to thousands in compensation ...
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Are legislators and legislative drafts people legally one and the same?

If they are legally seen as such, this seems to me a pretty egregious (egregiously counterproductive) legal fiction. There is no way that members of a legislature can have the time to go through the ...
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What is the role of barristers?

A recent question apparently mischaracterises the role of a barrister as "merely to study their instructions and perhaps an exhibit bundle that is readily prepared from them and then to draw on ...
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how to obtain the consent of the DPP for a private prosecution in the UK?

For a person in the UK considering taking forward a private prosecution, according to this form: "Application for summons or warrant for arrest for alleged offence under Magistrates’ Courts Act ...
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Council Tax Rebate was sent to the wrong person

I have been renting a London flat since May 2021 and I had informed the council about the move. I even contacted them later on for other issues (environmental and nuisance). When I first moved in, I ...
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FOIA to Office of Parliamentary Counsel to gain insight to the intentions of statutory minutiae

Has it ever been done to FOIR the office of parliamentary counsel to find out whether certain minute idiosyncrasies judged by courts to be nonetheless unequivocal so as to reflect intentional ...
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UK - Can a company ask employees to attend meetings on their own personal time, during normal work hours?

The meetings are training sessions for software that we use in our day to day, discussions about best practices, talking about learnings from a project etc. So not directly chargeable to a customer. ...
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What was the original idea behind the practice of courtroom wigs?

English judges and barristers have for a long time had to wear wigs. What was the intended implied message by the object aesthetic? What was the look of a judge or advocate wearing that type of ...
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Can courts consider hansard transcripts in interpreting statutes?

When a court is trying to decide the meaning of a law, can it consider the discussions which begot it?
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Liability for uninsured driver

I recently sold my car to a dealer, and when he collected it he wanted to take it for a test drive. I asked for proof of insurance but he didn't have any on him. I let him go ahead anyway, and it was ...
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Are there any cases that establish a precedent regarding software patching?

My question concerns the legality of "software patching", specifically making changes to the compiled code of an existing third-party software application in order to alter its behavior. My ...
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What was the most direct predecessor to Human Rights Act 1998?

HRA is said to be "constitutional." Which is slightly peculiar, as "constitutional" acts often precede the majority of a republic's other active statutes, and come reasonably early ...
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If you get hired but notify the other party you are cancelling the contract before starting, can you get sued, if there are no clauses covering this?

In the UK, if you are offered a contract role (inside or outside IR35), accept it and you cancel the contract before the start date and if the contract doesn't mention any clauses for this, could you ...
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Why do adjectives sometimes follow nouns in legal phrases?

For example, consider the phrase "bodies corporate." Would the more natural English construction not simply be "corporate bodies"? Why is the former form so often used?
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Legal "we": when is it appropriate to use "we" in legal correspondence?

Similarly to how a party's representative is often referred to in the third person as "solicitors," it seems often that in legal submissions and other correspondence, individual solicitors ...
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What determines whether or not legislation is re-printed (or digital equivalent) to integrate added or modified provisions?

Sometimes one finds a reference to section 8zb of a law, and proceeds to refer to the law on legislation.gov.uk, only to realise that there is apparently no section 8zb there. One then has to google ...
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Why are inserted legislation section identifiers often preceded by a "z"?

Many times, in UK legislation, the structure is of numbered sections, like 1., 2., 3... Sometimes a subsequent act will insert sections that append lettered suffixes to the numbered section ...
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Why is there a consort coronation for female consorts but not for male ones in the United Kingdom?

Wikipedia: Charles's wife, Camilla, will be crowned alongside him as queen consort. (...) This will be the first coronation of a consort since that of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth (later known as ...
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Case record if the case is lost (UK)

How can I search for a case record if the case is lost? It was originally filed by the trustee as a small claim but might have been moved up to a higher court due to the complexity. The case was not ...
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It is really illegal to plug in a device to watch BBC iPlayer or Live TV in a Starbucks?

Please note: it is unlawful to plug in your device in our stores if you are watching live TV or downloading or watching programmes on demand on BBC iPlayer.​By using the WiFi, you agree to the terms ...
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Legal to publish video of sports competitions without subjects' consent?

If I participate in and film my participation in a sports competition in the UK, can I publish the footage afterwards if it contains the other participants without asking them?
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GDPR When using an external CV formatting company

As a recruitment company, if I use an external company to format CVs that have been shared, do I need to inform the candidates? What are the potential pitfalls of an external company being given ...
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Is an employer required to provide full time sign interpreters to mute employees?

I visited a retailer and went through the self checkout till where I was assisted by a mute employee, who communicated with me through a sign interpreter whose job seemed to be to shadow and ...
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Is it legal for ProtonMail to suspend access to your email until you pay for subscription periods that haven’t yet elapsed or for you’ve not had use?

ProtonMail runs on an annual subscription model. If your pre-yearly renewal payment fails, then you lose access to your data until you pay the yearly rate in respect of the year ahead of the date on ...
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What is the closest American analogue to the Care Act 2014?

Does the United States have any near equivalent to the Care Act 2014 that guarantees some degree of provision of care to people with care needs?
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I bought a bottle of spirits with the security tag intact. Have I committed theft?

I bought a bottle of spirits from a local supermarket, when I got home I noticed the BottleLox anti-theft cap hadn't been removed. I paid for my shopping (including the bottle!) at a self-service till,...
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What happens when the law changes?

Assume a criminal offence occurred in the past (for example 2015), before a new law was passed at a future date (for example 2016). What law would be referred to by the judge when it comes to ...
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Can a contract clause really stop me from developing something in my own time [duplicate]

My contract states the below: I assume this means, even things i make in my personal time would belong to the company? I wonder how enforceable that really is as that would suggest that they would be ...
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Must all accidents be reported to your insurance company in the UK?

Disclaimer - This is a follow on question from the previous one I asked on whether it is a crime to fail to stop. Let's say I have some sort of minor damage to my car, such as a scratch/dent from ...
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Is not stopping for a damaged car wing mirror counted as a hit-and-run?

It is a fairly common occurance for many motorists to have either a car wing mirror damaged or knocked off, especially on tight and difficult to navigate roads in the UK where there is little room to ...
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What laws regulate the use and ownership of firearms by British-flagged ships?

Firearms are heavily regulated in the UK, especially handguns and automatic weapons, after several horrific shootings in the late 20th century. Long-guns, such as shotguns and rifles are also tightly ...
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UK law regarding permits for tables on public land/footpaths outside pubs

I’ve recently come across this issue several times where people have been asked to leave when bringing a dog to an outside area at Wetherspoons pubs where they have tables on public ground/footpaths/...
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Transfer business ownership between spouses for tax purposes

I live in UK, and I have a full-time job with a salary that makes me a higher rate income taxpayer. Additionally, I am registered as a sole trader: I operate a software-as-a-service website, and I ...
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When speaking to a judge in court, what do barristers mean by "May I take instructions?"

I know what instructions to a barrister are, BEFORE court. When it is appropriate to use a barrister, the barrister is sent ‘Instructions' (when asked to give an opinion on a case) or a 'Brief' (if ...
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If a tenancy deposit is paid by one other than the tenant (ie, a Relevant Person), who does the deposit less deductions get returned to post-tenancy?

Raphael pays a tenancy deposit on behalf of Timothy, who lives in a property for a 12 month tenancy. Who should the deposit be returned to at the end of the tenancy? I'm wondering specifically if ...
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What is the U.K. GDPR?

I understand that the DPA implemented the GDPR in British law as an act of Parliament. Then there was Brexit, and the U.K. GDPR was introduced to stand in for the no longer binding EU GDPR, with only ...
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How would "I leave my estate to my wife" in a British will be treated if the only "wife" never divorced her first husband?

This is motivated by a key plot point in a televised version of an Agatha Christie story "At Bertram's Hotel". Although I read the story several years ago, I don't remember if the original ...
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Does an MLAT request have an age limit?

Having recently found out about Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) requests, I had some questions that I could not find on the government (gov.uk) website. I am interested in both between UK and EU ...
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Taking photos or videos of people in UK

It is generally understood that taking photos/videos of people in a public place in UK is not unlawful unless it is done in a place where they can expect privacy, or unless the images are indecent (...
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Is it a breach of GDPR and DPA to say a colleague is sick and off work?

This is a hypothetical question. Suppose a customer calls asking for a colleague, call her Alice, and Bob answers the phone and tells the customer that Alice is off sick with the flu. The customer ...
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On the Use of a Modified Refrain from "The Orange and the Green"

I would like to use in a new song a modified version of the refrain: Oh, it is the biggest mix-up that you have ever seen. My father, he was orange and me mother, she was green. My refrain is not ...
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Minimum sentence for Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) request

I was told by a friend studying Law, that for a country to submit a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) request there would be certain criteria that must first be met. If they are not met, the MLAT ...
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Change name and gender in Switzerland as a non-Swiss citizen

So I live in Switzerland, but have British and Italian dual citizenship. I want to change my name and gender legally everywhere or at the very least on official documents here in Switzerland. I may be ...
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UK Spring Water Regulations

I just saw a post talking about how various brands of spring water in the UK are not meeting regulations because they are bottled at a different location to the spring. Looking online, most sites (...
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What actually is a “Modern Day Slavery Policy”?

On many businesses’ websites there is an unobtrusive link to a so-called modern day slavery policy. What is this, and what provisions does it fulfill or get governed by?
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Under what conditions are 3rd party works automatically subject to the OGL 1.0a?

Are 3rd party creations that are "compatible with" D&D automatically subject to the OGL (OGL 1.0a for the purposes of all references in this question), or can they be published without ...
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What laws have amended the Equality Act 2010?

I find myself wishing to download a copy of the Equality Act 2010 in order to study it when lacking internet access. Of course legislation.gov.Uk offers a PDF kings printer version, but I fear this is ...
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Practical implications of failing to follow GDPR for online businesses

Suppose a person based in UK has started a one-man business online, for example, a web blog where people can read articles and post comments. Now, the business owner is focused on testing out the ...
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Do contracts require pages or clauses numbered?

A question asked by another member about missing pages in a lease brings to my mind the question of whether there is a legal requirement for contract pages to be numbered so that it is e.g. obvious ...
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International student - registering a marriage in the UK with a foreign citizen

I am an international graduate student in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa. My partner is a German citizen and currently lives in Germany. We are planning to get married. Are we allowed to register our ...
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