My questions is tangentially related to this one (but slightly different): I've been offered a job, but my new employer won't give me a contract until after I give my notice
I have been given an offer letter (email in this case) via a recruiter for a role at a UK government agency as a developer.
The offer letter states that "Their HR department will generate official offer paperwork" following my acceptance of the offer. I have replied to this email stating that I accept the offer. They also asked that I withdraw from any other processes because they (the employer) wants to close the position.
I was also expected to provide a start date which I did, saying that the earliest I believe I could start is one month from the offer email.
There's been some delay as I've recently moved so I wasn't able to provide proof of address in a very timely manner.
I have not as of yet received any "official offer paperwork", I understand that under UK law accepting an offer constitutes a contract of employment. But I'm not sure this is what has occurred in my case since I have seen no "official offer paperwork".
I have spoken to the recruiter a few times whilst the above was ongoing and have said that I won't hand in my notice for my current employer until I see the contract.
So my question is, if I wished to withdraw my acceptance of this offer would I be able to do so without legal consequences? (I know I should talk to a solicitor but that's easier said than done)
Considering that I haven't received an "official" offer as they put it I don't consider it binding and I have not handed in my notice.
My worry now is that I may be liable if I withdraw from the offer or if I do have to start that I'll be breaching my current contract which has a one month notice period.
Apologies if anything is unclear or this does turn out to be a repeat (I did try to find something similar), but I'm rather anxious about all this.
Any advice is welcome.