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When speaking to a judge in court, what do barristers mean by "May I take instructions?"

Lawyers cannot act for their client without instructions. "May I take instructions" is a request by the barrister to have a conversation in confidence with their client about what to do next ...
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When speaking to a judge in court, what do barristers mean by "May I take instructions?"

It means “We’re going somewhere I didn’t anticipate and I need to ask my client what they want to do” Quite often it also means “My dickhead client hasn’t given me all the facts and now they’re f#%ked ...
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When speaking to a judge in court, what do barristers mean by "May I take instructions?"

It's simply a request to turn their back on the judge or bench and consult with their client. Not everything which comes up during a hearing can be forseen and often the lawyer needs to check how to ...
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What is the U.K. GDPR?

The 2018 Data Protection Act specifically implemented the GDPR EU Regulation in the UK - while the regulation itself was directly binding it required member states to create their own legislation for ...
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What is the U.K. GDPR?

The Data Protection Act 2018 does not implement the GDPR in British law, because it doesn't need to. EU regulations automatically become law in EU member states (which the UK was at the time) without ...
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Is it a breach of GDPR and DPA to say a colleague is sick and off work?

Possibly, but probably not. Personal data is any information relating to an identifiable person. The statement “Alice is sick” is information, and relates to Alice who is identifiable. Processing ...
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What actually is a “Modern Day Slavery Policy”?

I can't speak for others, but my employer's policy is to ensure compliance with, and raise heightened awareness of, the Modern Slavery Act 2015. If I recall correctly, the Act's original working-title ...
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Do contracts require pages or clauses numbered?

I do not believe that there is any requirement to number clauses, paragraphs, or pages, and I have certainly seen contracts where none of these are numbered. It is a common practice to number ...
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Lock Repair Dispute - Interpretation of common areas in a lease

All common areas are common areas even if some people can’t access them Typically. It is possible to create titles within titles that have different levels of common property, but this is usually only ...
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Is there a way to avoid double-VAT when delivering from UK to Ireland?

From 1 January 2021, goods sent from Great Britain to the EU are treated as exports, which are subject to 0% VAT: VAT is a tax levied on goods and services consumed in the UK. When goods are exported ...
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International student - registering a marriage in the UK with a foreign citizen

To get married in the UK, since Brexit, all citizens that aren't living in the UK, except for settled EU and Irish citizens, must apply for a Marriage Visitor Visa, even to give notice Non-visa ...
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Under what conditions are 3rd party works automatically subject to the OGL 1.0a?

When the 3rd-party agrees to follow the OGL 1.0a Clause 3 states: Offer and Acceptance: By Using the Open Game Content You indicate Your acceptance of the terms of this License. And clause 10 says: ...
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What laws have amended the Equality Act 2010?

This is the list of changes made to the Equality Act 2010 since its enactment. You can also view the entire Act, as amended to date here. After each section, it lists the revisions since inception. ...
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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?

The Housing Act 2004 requires that the deposit is returned to the Tenant, thus you return the deposit to Timothy, and what happens after that is between Raphael and Timothy.
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UK Spring Water Regulations

england Admittedly it's not very clear, but paragraph 5 of Schedule 4 restricts the use of anything else apart from the resulting consumers' bottles, ergo bottling has to take place at the point of ...
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UK law regarding permits for tables on public land/footpaths outside pubs

They have control of the land The arrangement with the owner of the land is that they hold a licence to use the land and that gives them rights and obligations to manage the land - just like any other ...
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Is not stopping for a damaged car wing mirror counted as a hit-and-run?

Depends on what you damaged If you are the driver and the accident resulted in personal injury to someone other than you or damage to another vehicle, property or an animal then you must stop and ...
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Transfer business ownership between spouses for tax purposes

Are such transfers considered legal in UK? Yes they should be fine. Essentially, you've built a business. You can sell or gift it to anybody, including your wife. So long as the income generated by ...
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Minimum sentence for Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) request

The second criterion is about the seriousness of offences and depends on the specific treaty. This is reflected in Canada's implementing legislation, the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters ...
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Change name and gender in Switzerland as a non-Swiss citizen

switzerland You may change your civil status information as recorded by Switzerland as long as you are domiciled in Switzerland and your information is recorded in the Swiss civil status database. ...
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Practical implications of failing to follow GDPR for online businesses

Such as violator could be subject to a fine, not just to a lawsuit. That is if action is taken by the national Data Protection Authority (DPA). My understanding is that DPAs mostly concentrate on ...
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International student - registering a marriage in the UK with a foreign citizen

If you get married outside the UK it is not possible to "register" that marriage in the UK: the facility simply does not exist. This page from Wandsworth council says: A marriage abroad ...
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Where should a foreign interested party in a civil case seek a lawyer?

They should get a lawyer in the UK jurisdiction where the case is being handled. To file a motion in a case pending before a tribunal one needs to be admitted to the practice of law before that ...
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Restricting processing of data provided to police

UK police can use your personal data to, among other things, “bring offenders to justice” You can read the Met’s Privacy Policy here. Because their legal basis for processing data for that purpose is ...
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Can the possible existence of a will be ignored

As I understand it, a UK solicitor will generally not reveal the content of a will while the testator is still alive, unless the testator has specifically left instructions to do so. But the existence ...
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Is Apple abusing its position with iOS by requiring MacOS to build apps?

"Abuse of a dominant position" is a concept from competition law. In Apple's home jurisdiction, the United States, this field is called antitrust and the concept of abuse of a dominant ...
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