5 Essential UK Laws a common citizen must be aware of

Laws are the guidelines that shape the behaviour of a country’s citizens. Without laws, people can do as they please.

The Government establishes the laws and legal guidelines. Solicitors and lawyers are the interface between the law and a countries citizens. Most laws are applicable to all of the UK with some law’s being specific to different counties such as Surrey, London, Swindon or even Birmingham.

The world runs in a orderly fashion, only because of the rules and regulations of the various countries.

If there are no laws and regulations to follow, the world would most likely be in chaos. Without proper laws, there would be no framework to live by.


Every country has their unique customs and laws, which should be followed by the citizens of that country.

To be a citizen of that country, you must abide by the laws and regulations of that country.

Countries such as the United Kingdom have their own unique set of laws. The following are the essential laws of UK which a citizen of UK should aware of it.

1. Using Alcohol & Tobacco:

There are laws to control the selling of alcohol and tobacco under the age of eighteen. It is illegal to serve alcohol to a child under the age of eighteen. Children under the age of 16 are allowed into a pub under the condition that they reframe from ordering and drinking alcoholic drinks. There are some local laws that restrict drinking alcohol in public.

2. Using Knives in Public:

Possessing a knife may be considered ok for sporting activities such as fishing or hunting but its a big offence to carry knife or blade which is sharply pointed. Even pocket knives shouldn’t be used in public. If a person is found with a knife in a public place, they could be arrested.

3. Public Order Hate Crimes:

A hate crime is considered a criminal offence in the UK. The hatred may be directed to a person’s gender, race, religion, colour, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation etc. The people who carry out crime’s of this nature will be prosecuted in the courts.

Those who break this rule and attack others because of their gender, disability, sexuality, race or religion can be dispossessed from their homes, fined or put in prison.

4. Common-law Marriage:

Even though the terms common-law wife or husband are habitually used to describe a pair who live together, this situation is not legally recognised in the UK. The proof of a marriage should be a certificate from the UK registrar of marriages or it may be a marriage certificate issued in the country where the marriage took place.

5. Equal in British Throne Succession:

Daughters and sons of any future UK ruler will have equal right to the throne, after Commonwealth leaders agreed to change the laws. It means that the first-born daughter of a UK monarch would take priority over younger brothers. If the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be queen. The equality is clearly seen between the son and daughter in throne succession.

Thus the rules and regulations of the UK are something different compared to other countries. Also, the laws stand equally for all citizens of the UK.