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Get all your legal questions answered – part six

Our friends over at Taylor Bracewell are back again answering all your legal questions. If you have any legal enquires or concerns, please email us at sales@createtvt.co.uk to receive expert help free of charge.

I tripped up over a broken pavement slab in town recently. I tried contacting the council but they ignored me, even though the slab was replaced! I injured my hand during this and cannot drive to work at the moment. How would I pursue a claim?
The first step in pursuing a claim would be to make an appointment for an initial interview with one of our personal injury lawyers. This interview could take place on the telephone or in person. There would be no charge for this initial discussion. Our personal injury team is located at our Railway Court Office and the telephone number is (01302) 360060. Please ask to speak to Robert Clark. We can then advise you on next the next step.

I hate my name. Legally how do I change this?
This is a matter which can be dealt with easily and quickly by our family team. The document required is a Change Of Name Deed and you will be given a fixed fee for this piece of work.

Work paid for me to go on a sales course. It cost around £400, but I have decided now to move companies after being offered more money. They are now saying I owe them for the sales course. Is this true?
This will depend upon whether you have signed an agreement to repay training fees or not. Such an agreement may be contained within your employment contract or may have been included by your employer as part of authorising you to go on the course. Initially I would get in touch with you employer and request to be shown any signed agreement regarding repayment of these fees. If your employer cannot do so, then you cannot be required to repay the fees.

I have an allergy to gluten. I told the restaurant where I was eating and they assured me I was ordering a gluten-free steak pie. After eating the food I became really unwell, and had to be taken to the hospital. They told me I had eaten gluten and that I had a small allergic reaction. I’m unhappy as I had to have the next few days off work until I felt better when this could have been prevented. The doctor told me I was lucky that it wasn’t worse! How would I start legal proceedings?
The first step in pursuing a claim would be to make an appointment for an initial interview with one of our personal injury lawyers who can run through everything with you in more detail and talk through your options. This interview could take place on the telephone or in person. There would be no charge for this initial discussion.

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