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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Am I bound by “this letter is confidential” boilerplate?

In a lawsuit in the UK small claims court I've been sent an offer by the defendant's solicitor. I want to communicate this information to others who have the same claim. However at the bottom of the ...
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Is it legal to invite applicants to interview on the basis of sex?

A company advertises positions and receives far more applications from members of one sex than from the other. The company wants to interview the same number of people from each sex. It chooses the ...
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What happens to a company's negative value property if it is liquidated?

What happens to annoying burdensome assets during a company's liquidation? Perhaps a company owns a mine filled with deadly arsenic trioxide waiting to break out into the environment, or something ...
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Parking fine when pass wasn't issued

The management company for the block of flats that I live in changed parking companies at the end of the last year. The old pass expired on the 13th December but no new pass was issued. Everyone else ...
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Does Australia have the same rules regarding succession to the throne as the United Kingdom?

It was pointed out to me that the Queen of the United Kingdom is also the Head of State in Australia (and other commonwealth countries), but she has the separate title of The Queen of Australia. I ...
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Disability discrimination - channels and asymmetry

So, I was recently experiencing a situation where I couldn't seem to get a satisfactory experience using an organization's on-line customer service channel. The only alternative presented to me at ...
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Position statement claiming that something is evidence

In the family law proceedings I'm dealing with the following sentence written by the solicitors of the respondent: "This Statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and I make it known ...
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Defendant retains solicitors a long way away and asks for hearing near them

I'm pursuing a claim for about £100 against a company in the UK courts. Both sides agree that this should be allocated to the Small Claims track. I'm on the south coast, the defendant is based in ...
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Can a defendent travel overseas if served with a claim/summons to UK civil court?

If i have am served a claim form by the claimant, can I travel overseas? Also, if I am overseas and receive the claim form whilst overseas, can I ignore it if I am not a citizen of the country which ...
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Unauthorised Use of Discount Code

TL;DR Can a retailer back out of their own Terms and Conditions because I used a discount code that I did not have explicit authorisation to use? Full Details I found a discount code online for a ...
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Can I share scammers personal details online? What type of details can I share?

I live in the UK, and I constantly see scams on Facebook such as: "£300pm house. I live abroad, so you will need to send me the money, and I will send you the keys in the post," or "Free iPad for ...
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Can police sent official request per email only (UK)?

Policeman (United Kingdom) sends email with official request to obtain some data to company email address, but doesn't sent the post (original paper version) to the company's postal address. Is that ...
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Is making a home music server legal?

I am planning to make a Local-Area-Network personal music server program. The idea is that the program lets you host your music so you can stream it from any of your devices on your local network (...
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Data Scraping public athlete name and performance data. Does this need to be treated as personal data?

Consider the following data for amateur/professional athletes: Athlete name, Athletic event + best performance data e.g.: Joe Bloggs 5k 19:00 10k 40:00 Half Marathon 85:00 other events etc... and ...
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Landlord renting parking space he doesn't own - UK

My girlfriend and I are renting a flat, it includes two parking spaces on a private communal car park. we've been renting this for over two years. the rent itself is higher then other places we looked ...
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What are the regulations regarding position statements?

"By 4pm on 7 August 2018 both parties must send a written statement to each other" Everyone knows what is expected and what to do. Other Court orders are not so specific, they only mention a ...
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Can a litigant in person prepare the bundle?

https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/family/practice_directions/pd_part_27a Responsibility for the preparation of the bundle 3.1 A bundle for the use of the court at the ...
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Where is the legal responsibility to maximise shareholder value stated in UK company law?

I can not find where in the model articles for UK companies it says the responsibility of the directors is to maximise shareholder value. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/model-articles-for-...
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How startups are able not to pay minimum salaries to their employees?

Is it legal not to pay employees a salary (even not a minimum) and only incentivise them with an equity reward? Do I, as the owner of the company, have to pay a salary for myself?
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Can I take a second job at a potential customer of my first job?

4 months ago I quit my job to found a small startup (A) aimed at solving a niche problem only a few companies (including my old one) experience. I reached out to one potential customer (B) to invite ...
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Is it legal to unlock artificially limited hardware yourself?

Some companies sell hardware that is limited by some means, so that they can charge for upgrades. For example some Tesla cars have batteries with some capacity unavailable to the user unless they pay ...
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Does the UK have HOAs? (homeowner associations / Stratas /Syndic)

I'm looking to move to the UK in 6 months and purchase a flat, but I'm wondering if the UK has also HOAs like the USA? In the USA they are pure hell and want to know if I'll have to deal with them ...
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Can we identify the main source of new law in the UK?

IIUC the primary sources of law in the UK are: statute (acts of Parliament) delegated legislation (statutory instruments) case law EU law But can we pick one of those as being the main source of new ...
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What to do if ex changes child school without my consent? (UK)

If one parent changes their child's school without the others consent (both have Parental Responsibility), what can the other parent do to cancel that? The current school's new vacancy might be ...
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Dispute unpaid debt of a deceased family member

My elderly relative died in December 2018. Her gardener has now (January 2019) sent us an itemised invoice. The items begin in March 2018 and end in November (my relative last left the house in ...
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Am I allowed to reverse engineer/decompile a computer program?

I would like to gather information about how something works from a computer program and use it in my own. However, there is a software licence that forbids it. Except as and only to the extent ...
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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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Tied into 2 year contract with incompetent accountant (UK)

I'm 7 months into my first Software contract and setup a limited company before hand. I chose a local accountant based on recommedation and am now regretting doing so as communication is very poor (...
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Non Disclosure Agreement

I was contacted by an employer by phone. He said that he had found my CV online and liked it very much. He told about his idea ( a software program) and said that he is setting up a team, though there ...
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Hypothetical code leak frame up - how to defend?

I imagined the following scenario, where how to mount a defence for the lowest cost (without settlement, in order to clear one's name) wasn't clear to me: The hypothetical case Vocal code critic ...
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Can the owner of an open social media account be held accountable for attached comments made by others?

An "open" social media account can be viewed by anybody. I understand that the laws of the UK and other countries too extend to social media and users of such platforms can be prosecuted for posts ...
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Am I required to re-attach neighbours gate to my fence post?

I’ve had my my fence replaced including new posts, which I’m 100% sure is my my fence, post, and boundary. Previously the neighbour’s gate was directly attached to my fence post, I’ve allowed it to ...
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What would count as reasonable grounds for refusal of a pet?

I'm currently renting a flat and have been for 6 months now. The tenancy agreement states: Not to keep any domestic animals or birds in the Premises without the prior written consent of the ...
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Can the law be used to falsify science?

This may seem very off topic, but sadly it isn't. There is currently a prominent flat earther in the UK who has decided to write a paper to be peer reviewed, which would turn science on its head in ...
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What is the correct length of time in which a landlord must provide rent increase notices in the UK?

The following GOV UK page states that tenants must be notified of rent increases at least 6 months prior to the increase. What I'm failing to understand from this is if that includes the tenancy ...
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Verbal confirmation of contract extension but fell through?

I have been working as an apprentice in a workplace for 1.5 years now in the UK. I was told verbally that I'd be kept on for the next level alongside another apprentice. Shortly after this a message ...
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Can I claim compensation for been wrongly accused?

I have recently found myself in a situation I never thought I would be in. Basically a car as been flashed on the motorway for doing 97mph and the documents were sent to my old address. Whoever is ...
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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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What should happen if I break a housing contract?

3 months ago, I moved to the UK and I signed a rent contract for a house, along with another person. Recently, the person who shares the flat with me decided to come back to her country, and leave the ...
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Is it illegal to start a cult following after a specific person? (Who is unaware of it)

Evening everyone Me and a couple of friends have been joking about and making a cult out of one of our teachers at school, if the school authorities were to catch us, would we be breaking the law to ...
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UK Law - Working Contracts

Without going into specifics too much. I work on a contract that obviously sets out a specific job description for me and a set amount of hours. However, my team leader is sending me to cover people ...
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Does registering a company in order to digitally sign your software with an Extended Validation certificate increase your legal risk?

I am the sole author of a piece of software which I make available free of charge and is widely used (>100,000 downloads). This software is potentially high risk, although I take very great care to ...
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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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Can the majority party/coalition in UK Parliament remove the PM and vote in a new one without calling for total new nationwide elections?

Curious American here. You may have heard we have our own troubles on this side of the pond. From widely reported news, I understand that Parliament voted overwhelmingly against the PM's plan for ...
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Given notice of redundancy before 2 years employment, end date is after 2 years of employment - entitled to statutory redundancy pay?

I work for a small company and due to lack of business they are changing their business model; as part of this my role is now being made redundant. I was given my notice (a duration of 1 month) ...
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Can the Queen still dissolve parliament?

Traditionally it has been the constitutional power of the monarch to dissolve parliament and trigger a general election at will. Ostensibly, the Fixed Term Parliaments Act of 2011 removed this power. ...
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Was my GDPR request not complied with?

On the 12th of December I made a GDPR request to a major online retailer in the UK. While there was a minor email exchange with a chatbot to confirm the request, I neither received the requested ...
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Does right to Data Access request /GDPR supersede restrictions in Employment contract of previous employer

Does right to Data Access request /GDPR supersede restrictions in Employment contract of previous employer ? Is above fundamental right's affected by Clauses in temporary employment contract like '...
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Using Lithium-poly battery in a commercial product

Not sure where to post this question. I gave a product using rpi 3 and it is being used as an external nighttime camera. I add here that I do not expect this product to make me rich as it has been ...
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UK Consumer Rights Act - Can a third party rectify a fault?

Just over a month ago, I purchased a second hard car from a dealership. The car came with a 3 month warranty which stated that if anything goes wrong, it needs to be taken back to their workshop. ...