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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
So is that the official reason provided; they got their sums wrong?
and what exactly did the email say?
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Going back to your query, you can indeed rely on the exchanges to date to argue that a legally binding agreement had been reached. The issue is that the employer could potentially argue that it was a genuine error and as long as it was not left in place uncorrected for an unreasonably long time and also that they can show it was genuinely an error (e.g. by showing the calculations and that it was obvious the figures were not the correct ones when compared to what would have normally been offered in these circumstances), they may potentially be able to overturn the agreement. However, that would only happen in court so a claim would have to be made to challenge his and that would have to be done by you as you are the ones chasing them for the alleged breach of contract. Therefore, if they refuse to do anything to resolve this, you may have to initiate a claim against them to try and get what was promised and then the court would decide whether the original agreement was binding and should stand, or if it can be overturned based on a potential argument of it being a genuine error
Unfortunately, the rules I work under do not allow me to discuss your chances of success in court. When solicitors determine these, we would conduct a formal case analysis and take the full details and evidence that are available into consideration. On this site we deal with very limited information in a Q&A format, so inevitably certain details and evidence will be missed. Therefore, if we discussed prospects of success based on this limited information alone, we could end up giving misguided advice and prompt you into either making a claim or not making one, when in reality we may have advised the opposite had we known the full details. That is why we are only limited to discussing the legal position and your options, without actually commenting on how good or bad a case you have. Hope this explains things for you