Sorry to hear you were let down by NLA, with what could have been potentially damaging advice, obviously you were wise enough to check it.
It is always advisable to do your own research into current legislation, as I do not believe anyone else has the same interest in the subjects as you yourself, in a situation requiring sound decisions / direction.
I’m sure there are many agents out there also who do not have the legal / contractual capability to provide accurate interpretation of such documents as government legislation. They often accept the headline summary of a policy, without analysing the nuances of it, as I’ve discovered from personal experience.
I often found the local County Court staff to be very helpful, although they will not give advice, they will point out the pertinence of relevant laws.
On one occasion, albeit not letting associated, I was given contradictory advice by a barrister to that given by my solicitor, in a potentially very costly case. So beware… Happily the advice given by the barrister caused the defendant to name a company they had factored my account from as a co-defendant (to spread their risk), and that company settled out of court to my advantage. Consequently, that unscrupulous debt collection company was shut down by the FSA (now FCA) and the CEO who was a solicitor was disbarred from the law society and banned from practicing. I very reluctantly settled for an inconsequential amount, albeit 6x the alleged debt, but my wife begged me to stop as the 3 year case and associated stress was effecting my health. That was a hard decision as I knew I was right and believed in the principles.
The adage that principles can be a very costly virtue, is absolutely true by the way.
The moral of this story being, can you really trust anyone who purports to be an “expert”!
My sincere apologies if this has placed doubt in anybody’s mind, I did not intend to scaremonger, only propose you approach “expert advice” with due care and diligence.