First, I can invite a Belfast lawyer, expert in the L&D field to advise me. This could involve a four figure fee. Next, I could rely upon the publisher's editors to alert me to any obvious risks in advance of publication. Their documentation does not appear to offer this friendly service. Finally - and this option seems to me to be the best, perhaps the only practical and economical one - I can, starting today, review, and recast as necessary, the complete manuscript in order to gain as much confidence as I can, that the manuscript's publication will not land me in Belfast's Royal Courts of Justice at risk of serious financial outlays. I'm presently in my 82nd year and hope to leave my son a few shillings 'when I shuffle off this mortal coil'. Best to minimise any expenditure beyond the publisher's £5k, some of which might be recoverable if the manuscript's transition into a paperback on a shelf in Waterstone's or No Alibis, generates any 'royalties'. A hopeful note on which to end the epistle. More anon.