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Why did Jonathan Sumption QC (as he then was) represent himself in 2007, when he was moneyed enough to instruct other barristers? [closed]

"Whether the defendant is a trained lawyer or not, most attorneys have long accepted the conventional wisdom that representing oneself in court, known as pro se representation, is a bad idea.&...
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Tests to determine when the Residential Tenancy Act applies. E.g. what counts as providing health care?

My friend was in a work related accident and suffered brain damage. He pays rent to live in a building that the average person would not be eligible to live in. Guests are required to check in at the ...
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Could the federal government mandate state universities to not discriminate against out-of-state students?

I can't see any way to do so through the constitution, but I am consistently surprised by the kinds of laws that the federal government can make, so I'm obviously not well-versed in the possibilities.
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Landlord decided to do work after informing me the room was not supposed to be rent

My landlord informed me that my room cannot be let anymore because it is too small and he might get a fine from Barnet Council. He also told me to either move out or let him in to do building work in ...
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Would Ukraine humanitarian scammers be commiting war crimes?

A cambridge article has an abstract reading as Impeding humanitarian access and the starving of civilians is prohibited under international humanitarian law in times of both international and non-...
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Can a copyright holder sue someone in Switzerland for downloading their copyrighted works?

I recently learned that Switzerland decriminalized downloading most/some copyrighted works – for "private use". But that only seems to cover criminal penalties. Does that same act/law, or ...
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Is it possible for a no-sales clinical or pre-clinical stage or prototype stage biotech. company to meet the IRS definition of "trade or business?"

Is it possible for a no-sales clinical/pre-clinical/prototype stage biotechnology company to have any activity carried on "for the production of income from....?" IRS says: "The term ...
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My roommate add some unknown liquid to my personal facial product

I live with one of my roommate, and one day I open my makeup cleaning oil I smell a strong smell of alcohol but I’m not sure what is that. I’m sure that someone add something in it but I’m not sure ...
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500+ multi member LLC, Non SEC registration needed, avoid classification as Investment Club

Let's say that I want to open a multi member LLC without needing SEC registration but staying compliant, for that case I'll appreciate you can help me with some questions please. Let's say that the ...
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Is the use of" Strict Proof" inappropriate in an inquiry / discovery?

Florida Condominiums Statutes (FS718) require responses to certified email inquiries. Suppose an inquiry asserts the Association has improperly engaged in X and requests that the association make ...
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Legal tender: using commemorative coins to pay off debt

This question is somewhat related to: Paying debts in cash in a petty way The Royal Mint issues commemorative coins. For example, they issued £20 coins (made out of silver) but usually shops and banks ...
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Protections against unreasonable deposit deductions in Germany

My girlfriend and I recently rented a small motorhome from a company in Germany which we had a great journey in. A few days into our trip we noticed that something was damaged/malfunctioning. We were ...
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Can installing Linux on a computer void its warranty for a hardware problem that is obviously entirely unrelated to software?

I bought a new Windows laptop recently and immediately disabled Secure Boot and installed Linux. Today, a screw fell out of the laptop. Obviously, installing Linux had absolutely nothing to do with ...
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What did Andrew Bell SC (as he then was) do, that no other barrister had done to Gummow J in 17 years?

Andrew Bell SC got appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW, then NSW Court of Appeal from 28 Feb 2019 -, and now Chief Justice of NSW. He was Vinerian Scholar on the BCL, and got a DPhil. Scroll down ...
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Why would an English QC litigate in Federal Court in Sydney, Australia?

Jonathan Sumption was a Queen's Counsel who practiced at the London bar, before his direct appointment to the UKSC. He does not appear to have practiced, or know much, Australian law. He does not ...
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NY state: a landlord is subletting an apartment but is trying to charge the renter after the move-out date

If Tenant A is trying to sublet their apartment, and the landlord finds/executes the sublease and receives payment from the new Tenant B, terminating the existing lease with Tenant A. Is there any ...
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Eligibility Requirements for Anmeldung

I want to exchange my foreign driving licence (a US state with a full reciprocity agreement) with a German driving licence. I emailed my local Burgerämt/Fahrerlaubnisbehörde here in Bavaria and I was ...
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Why is a witness evidentiary if it cannot be disproven?

I am having trouble understanding the logic of the law discrepancy between hearsay and witness testimony in towards proving guilt rather than innocence.
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Can gratis FOSS projects have trademarks?

I maintain a FOSS library as a hobby project. Does this count as using its name in commerce, or do I have to sell a copy to someone?
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Class-action arbitration versus class-action lawsuit

The Steam Subscriber Agreement has an interesting clause in its "Dispute Resolution/Binding Arbitration/Class Action Wavier" section: If any part of Section 11 (Dispute Resolution/Binding ...
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Book cover image with faces found online

I am paying Zuma Ltd for a licensing fee to publish an image that has been online since 2016 which includes faces of at least two famous individuals and several anonymous audience members. The image ...
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Is it legal for a law firm or some company to bill a client for a report on substantiated expenses if the client were to ask for that information?

Is it legal for a lawyer/law-firm/general company to invoice a client for substantiating expenses and providing receipts for previous work? Example, XYZ fee receipts to USPTO, WIPO,FedEX, paying ...
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Is it legal for a shareholder who receives no wages from company A to receive a reimbursement for business travel costs from company A?

Is it legal for a shareholder who receives no wages from company A to receive a reimbursement for business travel costs from company A in United States? Shareholder pocketed zero dollars of the ...
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Is there any law requiring Indian companies to have had provided substantiated receipts to the clients prior to suing for unpaid bills?

Is there any requirement for Indian companies to have had provided substantiated receipts to their clients who signed a quote for services prior to suing for unpaid bills, obtaining injunctive relief, ...
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What are the laws for lunch breaks for salaried employees in Canada?

Canadian Law: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/jobs/workplace/federal-labour-standards/work-hours/breaks-rest-period.html The Code provides at least one break every 5 consecutive hours of work, of a ...
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Is it illegal to borrow cryptocurrency without consent?

Suppose I obtain the ability to access someone else's cryptocurrency. For the sake of the question let's assume the means by which this ability was obtained wasn't itself illegal, e.g. I overheard ...
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Can US Congress/government bar a specific foreign country's persons (individuals or firms) from due process clause?

I wanted to ask whether US Congress/government can bar a specific foreign country's persons (individuals or firms) from the due process clause if the US government provided substantial evidence in a ...
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Is it legal to create a cryptocurrency?

I want to create a new cryptocurrency as an experiment. Is this legal? My cryptocurrency won't use a blockchain, so laws specifically regulating blockchains might not apply. The system will be ...
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Can a F1 visa student work as an online course mentor?

I recently got an offer to work part-time as an online mentor of Udacity. The problem is that I will be in the United States with a F1-visa during that time. I know that if I work for Udacity, my ...
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Is the inability to bypass a duty free shopping area in UK airports a violation of the Equality Act?

In many airports in the United Kingdom, passengers are required to walk straight through a duty free shop (as in straight through it, not alongside its entrance) to get to the departure gates after ...
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New home builder refund of deposit

I paid a deposit of 5000,00 on a new home to be built within 15 months, (verbal) there is no time stipulation written in the contract but it's passed that timeline and now won't be done for at least ...
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Where can statutes of limitations be found (according to the law's jurisdiction - Federal, State, County, City, etc...)?

The differing jurisdictions within the US have varying statues of limitations of certain laws. Where can statutes of limitations be found (according to the law's jurisdiction - Federal, State, County, ...
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Can one rightfully sue SO for a suspension?

BH If someone gets suspended or banned from stackoverflow in a way where it can be shown that no violation of the terms of service were broken, is that sufficient grounds for a lawsuit? SO could be a ...
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Is calling emergency service for someone ever mandatory?

Is it ever mandatory to call the police or other emergency service for people? For example, say a friend has suicidal thoughts. Could you ever be breaking the law by not calling the police in such a ...
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Is (at least) 28 days and a sheriff court order always required to evict a Scottish common law tenant?

The one guaranteed condition is that the tenant does not live with their landlord. Regardless of what the tenancy agreement says, is a court order always required to evict such a common law tenant?
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What type of tenants' rights does a student renting from privately-independently owned student halls have?

Suppose a private student housing company maintains student halls for students to book into and live in, but they only accept bookings from university students, though they will accept students from ...
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Shared expenses for a home office and piercing the veil

I have a single-member LLC and I am about to start software consulting with it for the first time. I have a home office and I plan on deducting utilities, internet, and so forth on my taxes. I will ...
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Does the mere fact that data relates to a subject mean that the data is protected by the GDPR?

Suppose I check into a German hotel and a Johann stayed in room 123 on the previous night. Presumably, he is the only Johann who stayed in the room on that night. There are many Johanns within Germany ...
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Legally, how does "prevail" differ from "will not be affected"?

Landlord — and I the Tenant — have agreed everything in a Commercial Lease, except one verb! Originally Tenant proffered All existing or future tenant legislation, rights and protection (e.g. against ...
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Is it legal to install Google apps unofficially? [closed]

May Google sue me if I install Google apps unofficially on my device (from The Open GApps Project for example) and sign in with my account? or will Google delete my account instead? The need for this ...
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Are you entitled to a refund of service charges when an event is cancelled?

On a website where I can buy tickets for an event, it says that there will be no refunds whatsoever unless the event is cancelled, and that even if they do cancel it, that the refund I get will only ...
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Why are passengers inspected so thoroughly for drugs when most drugs enter through ports and the majority of shipping containers aren't controlled? [migrated]

Only 2-10% of all shipping containers are inspected. icontainers.com What is the rationale to very thoroughly search passengers and their belongings for drugs when a simple opening of the bags could ...
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Is it possible to rent a place without giving out all my personal information?

I am trying to rent a place in Sydney, Australia. I believe this question remains valid regardless where you live. When renting a place, a real estate agent is permitted by law to ask for as much ...
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Insider trading regulations for pre-IPO offering?

I have been contracted by a PE group to raise investment funding for a series of M&A acquisitions; compensation is a percentage of carried interest on deals I close. The PE group previously ...
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Would a politically vegan establishment denying entry to one donning pro-carnivore slogans be pursuing proportional means to a legitimate aim?

Would the desire to maintain a vegan "safe space" be enough to deny one who ardently believes in the medical importance of eating animal flesh entry to their establishment?
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Eminent domain payout [duplicate]

America builds 400,000 acres of road a year. The country has a billion acres. Furthermore usually about a mile from a road is seized for sound barriers and other services which puts the total at 15 ...
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Are original text responses to surveys copyrighted?

I create surveys that anyone can respond to online, and I share the responses publicly with a Creative Commons license after reviewing and anonymizing any personal data. I'm currently in the process ...
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Is it legal to report the amount paid to the lawyer minus the disbursements lawyer had made by tax-year's end in 1099-NEC "Nonemployee compensation"?

Assume X,Y are positive real number and X<Y. Suppose $X is the amount the patent lawyer disbursed to entities to file the patent for review including amounts to foreign examining agencies to ...
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If the 21st Amendment was repealed, would Prohibition go back into effect?

The 18th Amendment prohibited alcoholic beverages; the 21st repealed the 18th. If the 21st Amendment was repealed, would that "un-repeal" the 18th Amendment and reinstate Prohibition?
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Is Kali Linux's "Undercover" mode legal?

Kali Linux, a Linux distribution for ethical hackers and penetration testers, has an "Undercover" mode that makes its UI look like Windows 10. It copies the desktop background, Windows logo ...
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