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Withdrawing acceptance of an offer

 
#1 Withdrawing acceptance of an offer
09/06/2008 22:40

whattodo

I have an offer for a new job which I am due to start in a month and which I had previously accepted. I have now changed my mind and decided I want to stay where I am for a number of reasons. The new recruiters are eager for me to join and need me quite urgently. Where do i stand with this legally- i have read that the contract is not enforceable until I start work and step on the premises- other posts say that the contract is formed when signed so i am bound by the terms- they will be annoyed with me but are they likely to sue me if I dont join?

any views or experiences welcome

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#2 RE: Withdrawing acceptance of an offer
09/06/2008 23:09

anon to whattodo (#1)

Regardless of the legal technicalities, the sooner you advise the employer that you won't be joining them, the better.

I don't know how long the notice period in the contract you signed is, but with a month's notice they'll be annoyed but they'll at least have a chance to readvertise the job. They'd have been foolish to promise you to clients as a resource on any contracts, but in case they have they'll at least have time to get a contractor to cover any immediate work.

They are very unlikely to sue as it serves no constructive purpose - unless you are a critical executive and on a substantial pay packet, there is no commercial advantage to be had.

[I am not a lawyer: this does not constitute legal advice]

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#3 RE: Withdrawing acceptance of an offer
10/06/2008 14:24

Mars A Day to whattodo (#1)

Who is the offer with?

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