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Legally, you do not need a signed contract by the employer to argue that there was a legally binding contract in place. Common law creates a contract when it can be shown that there was an offer, acceptance and consideration. Therefore, if the employer had made you an offer of employment, you accepted that offer and there was consideration (e.g. you relying on this to leave your current job), then it is most likely that a legally binding contract would be formed anyway, regardless of there being a signature or not. The signed contract would be the ideal scenario as then at least you have some formal document to show what was agreed, but if you have correspondence showing the offer, acceptance etc then you can still argue relatively easily that a contract was formed already.
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