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  • The relevant areas of law applying to picketing take an overlapping and contradictory approach. (See What is picketing?)
  • The common law provides that picketing may generate liability for trespass or nuisance or possibly for harassment. (See What is picketing?)
  • Pickets run the risk of incurring liability for civil damages or even criminal law. (See Civil and criminal liability)
  • The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 legitimises "peaceful picketing" outside the picket's workplace. (See What is picketing?)