Philip Giles Odd Laws: Giles Wilson Christmas Crackers

Odd Laws: Giles Wilson Christmas Crackers

Christmas is nearly here, and we hope everybody is looking forward to the happy holidays. It is the time of year for family, goodwill and festive fun. Therefore, in this fun, seasonal spirit, our solicitors in Essex would like to present three bizarre legends from UK law that would not look out of place as the joke inside your Christmas cracker!

1. If you eat a mince pie on Christmas Day, will you go to jail?

Beginning with a merry law, many festive celebrations were reportedly ousted during Oliver Cromwell’s regime as a means to stop gluttony, including the consumption of mince pies. However, this ban did not last beyond Charles II’s return to the throne, so you can safely snack on this tasty treat on 25 December.

2. Is it illegal to die in Parliament?

This was once voted as the UK’s most ludicrous law, but has long since been proven as false. This likely stems from another belief that if someone passes away in the Houses of Parliament, they come under the jurisdiction of the coroner of the Royal Household, and therefore are entitled to a state funeral. Again, this concept is false.

3. Can pregnant women urinate in public?

The fabled scenario of a lady relieving herself in a policeman’s hat is fortunately another myth. The 1986 Public Order Act makes any public urination an act of disorderly conduct. However, the Law Commission has stated that a police officer can make an exception if asked.

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Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson