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Can I void my new contract before I start the new role?

 
#1 Can I void my new contract before I start the new role?
27/03/2008 10:48

Dilemma

Hi all

I'm looking for some advice. I've been made an offer my a consultancy which I'm fairly happy with.

I've handed my notice in with my current company and have to work 3 months notice, so my start date with the consultancy firm is in a few months.

Here's my dilemma. I've got another job interview during my notice period, and to be honest this would be my preferred job if I was successful.

If I sign the contract now with the firm that have offered me a job, but then get offered the other one before I start, can I just scrap the contract? What are the consequences? Will they make me join and work my 3 months notice?

If anyone had had a similar experience I'd like to know your thoughts, or anyone else with advice.

Thanks

Dilemma

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#2 RE: Can I void my new contract before I start the new role?
27/03/2008 11:54

hmmm to Dilemma (#1)

Think before you type. I don't mean to be rude (oh hold on, I do), but how in God's name are they going to MAKE you come in and work your 3 months notice?!!!!

I think contracts for services are slightly different to normal contracts, in that they can't really be enforced... don't quote be on that though, but worth researching.

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#3 RE: Can I void my new contract before I start the new role?
28/03/2008 08:34

Dilemma to hmmm (#2)

Hence the reason why I'm asking on here. And yes obviously they cannot physically make me work 3 months for them, but I can't be bothered with any hassle, so I need to be sure.

Anyone else with some advice?

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#4 RE: Can I void my new contract before I start the new role?
28/03/2008 09:07

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com) to Dilemma (#3)

If you take a look at this thread from Jan / Feb 2008 then there are some comprehensive answers provided (especially by Mars) about the legalities of reneging on an employment contract in this way:

<a href=http://forum.top-consultant.com/UK/list.aspx?ID=39565>http://forum.top-consultant.com/UK/list.aspx?ID=39565</a>

Tony Restell

Top-Consultant.com

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