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Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you today.
Are you living in Ireland now and how much have you paid so far for the course?
Thanks, the small claims limit in Ireland is only 2,000 euro.
As your losses are higher than this then I recommend you use a law firm to pursue the court provider under breach of contract (misrepresentation). From your description it sounds like you do have a case to pursue a claim against the court provider for misrepresentation.
Would you like a recommendation for a law firm? I have one firm in mind who operates in the centre of Dublin (and are also based in Carlow).
Your rights have been breached under The Consumer Protection Act 2007 in that the defendant made a misleading advertisement. As a result of the fact you were misled, you have a right to compensation under Section 45 of the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980.
You should write to the course provider and tell them this - that you also demand they take no further money from you, and that if they do you will sue them in the district court. If they still refuse then you need to speak to the Consumer Protection Commission who can be contacted on (01) 402 5555 or 01 402 5500.
You can also report them to the advertising standards authority on 01 613 7040.
If you want a law firm to act for you in this then Malcomson Law is recommended - (01) 874 4422
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