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Both my partner and I are in the high-risk category re

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Both my partner and I are in the high-risk category re Corona-Virus. We have booked our wedding venue date for 6th August 2020. Approximately 60 guests for the ceremony and 30 guests for the evening. we are not going to be in a position to go-ahead in August or the foreseeable future. I have paid all the cost of the venue via bank transfer as requested by the m. I do not have insurance. where do I stand in cancelling the wedding venue please?
JA: Where are you? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Newmarket , suffolk
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: The venue have offered alternative dates. Upto April 2021. We have just drafted an email explaining our situation, that we will not be able to have the wedding due to our high-risk health issues, for the foreseeable future.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Our ages are 68 and 69 respectfully.

Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.

Can you upload a copy of your contract with the venue on here?

and when did you actually make the booking?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I have a copy of the contract on an email We booked the venue May 2019.

OK thanks. Please upload a copy on this thread

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
sorry , how do I do that?

There are a few ways to send a photo or file. Please click the upload icon on the reply box in your question.
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Alternatively, please use a third party file sharing service, such as Dropbox, MediaFire, Google Drive, etc. and share the document links on here

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
File attached (1P742M5)
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Have you got it?

Thank you. Yes I have. Leave it with me for now and I will get back to you with my answer as soon as I can, which will be at some point today. The system will notify you when this happens. Please do not reply in the meantime as this may unnecessarily delay my response. Many thanks.

Many thanks for your patience. You have some back up from advice published by the Competition and Markets Authority on this subject. You can see that here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cma-to-investigate-concerns-about-cancellation-policies-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-consumer-contracts-cancellation-and-refunds

It states that “Where a contract is not performed as agreed, the CMA considers that consumer protection law will generally allow consumers to obtain a refund.”

Also that “In particular, for most consumer contracts the CMA would expect a consumer to be offered a full refund where…a consumer cancels, or is prevented from receiving any services, because Government public health measures mean they are not allowed to use the services.”

You can point the venue to this article and remind them that this is not a ‘normal’ situation and certain exceptions would apply. If they refuse to allow you to cancel or provide a refund, you would have to consider a claim against them in the County Court, but use that only as a last resort.

Does this answer your query?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
thank you very much.

All the best

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