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How long ago did you agree the contract?
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Many thanks for your patience. A verbal contract can be as legally binding as a written one. What is required is that there is an offer, an acceptance and consideration. So if one of you had made the other an offer and they then accepted that, a binding contract could have been created. The fact that the start date was wrong would not make the whole contract automatically void. Errors do happen and these would not operate in a way to make the whole contract unenforceable. The error can be corrected if it has been identified and both parties are aware of it and do not take action to terminate the contract by relying on its usual termination clauses.
So it is possible for the contract to still be legally binding even with the wrong date on it, if both parties knew that this was an error and had continued the contract on the understanding that it was wrong and was to be corrected. The fact that a new contract was not issued does not make the initial one unenforceable. In any event an implied contract could be in place even if the written one was not entirely correct. What is needed is a common understanding by both parties about the terms of the contract they were working under.
So in terms of the enforceability of the contract, there is every chance that it would be binding although only a court can decide with a degree of certainty if that is the case.
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Hi think I may have found it here:
You are better off continuing with my colleague who posted on there as he would be better placed to advise you on procedural issues for the courts. Also I am engaged in tribunal for the rest of the week so may not have the time to reply fully. Hope that's ok and thanks