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Barrister A lawyer who advocates for and represents an individual or organisation in court.

Beneficiary An individual who is eligible to benefit from a will, trust or life insurance policy.

Bequest The passing on of personal property in a will.

Bigamy The crime of entering into simultaneous marriages with more than one other person. In the UK, bigamy is illegal and only the first marriage is considered valid.

Bodily harm An injury that damages an individual’s physical or psychiatric well-being in a serious and substantial manner.

Bond A written and signed guarantee that the signatory will fulfil a legal obligation or else face penalties.

Breach of contract When one or more parties refuses or ceases to honour a contract by failing to fulfil their contractual obligations.

Breach of trust Any act or omission that violates the duties of a trustee, the terms of a trust agreement or the laws of trusts.

Break clause A term in a tenancy agreement that permits the tenant and/or landlord to end the agreement during the fixed tenancy period.

Burglary Illegally entering a building in order to commit a crime.

Bylaw or bye-law A law that is established and enforced by a local government or organisation, but whose scope is regulated by a higher authority. For example, UK bylaws are made by local councils but rely on the powers granted by the British Parliament.

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