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    • Jill Bartlett
    • By Jill Bartlett 24th May 19, 6:41 PM
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    Free seminar
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    • 24th May 19, 6:41 PM
    Free seminar 24th May 19 at 6:41 PM
    Hi

    I received a personal invitation to a free seminar through work looked good thought I might go, after all it was free,but wanted to think about it, over the next couple of days received e-mails saying would lose free place if I didn't sign up, so at that point I thought might as well, if I cant someone else might be interested, so i signed and yes I did tick the terms and conditions box, didn't really read it because it was free .... and then

    Found I couldn't go
    told I would be charged 495 for non attendance unless I found a replacement
    Then found out had gone against company policy signing up in the first place
    Advised them of this thought that would be the end of it
    Nope now have a letter from a solicitor threatening taking me to court if I don't pay in 7 days

    I think I have rights under the Consumer protection Regs in that I was misled, it was 'free' except clearly it isn't, do I fight or do I pay, any thoughts/advice as to best way to proceed appreciated

    Jill
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    • zx81
    • By zx81 24th May 19, 6:51 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 6:51 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 6:51 PM
    Assuming the fee for non-attendance was in the terms you didn't read, I would pay - or negotiate a smaller final payment.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 24th May 19, 6:52 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 6:52 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 6:52 PM
    Hi

    I received a personal invitation to a free seminar through work looked good thought I might go, after all it was free,but wanted to think about it, over the next couple of days received e-mails saying would lose free place if I didn't sign up, so at that point I thought might as well, if I cant someone else might be interested, so i signed and yes I did tick the terms and conditions box, didn't really read it because it was free .... and then

    Found I couldn't go
    told I would be charged 495 for non attendance unless I found a replacement
    Then found out had gone against company policy signing up in the first place
    Advised them of this thought that would be the end of it
    Nope now have a letter from a solicitor threatening taking me to court if I don't pay in 7 days

    I think I have rights under the Consumer protection Regs in that I was misled, it was 'free' except clearly it isn't, do I fight or do I pay, any thoughts/advice as to best way to proceed appreciated

    Jill
    Originally posted by Jill Bartlett
    Who on earth do you work for where you get offered to go to a free seminar but you ticked the t&c's box.
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 24th May 19, 6:59 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 6:59 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 6:59 PM
    I think I have rights under the Consumer protection Regs
    Originally posted by Jill Bartlett
    If it was "through work" then it's likely this is a business-to-business contract, not a consumer one.
    • Aylesbury Duck
    • By Aylesbury Duck 24th May 19, 8:13 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 8:13 PM
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    • 24th May 19, 8:13 PM
    As above. If you signed up as an employee then you don't have consumer rights and the terms you agreed to are those in force.

    Have you explained the situation to your employer? Surely it's they who are liable for the 495.
    • mattyprice4004
    • By mattyprice4004 25th May 19, 11:52 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 11:52 PM
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    • 25th May 19, 11:52 PM
    Another lesson in not storming ahead without reading the fine print, but there’ll be another thread on the same topic tomorrow... ��!♂️

    Negotiate a smaller settlement and don’t be so tick happy next time.
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