Rejecting a job offer after signing the contract

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I have recently received an audit trainee offer from company X, one of the top 10 accounting firms in the UK, but some of my other job applications are still in progress.
Just want to know if I tell company X I won't be joining after signing the employment contract, will I be in big trouble, or will I get blacklisted?
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What does the contract itself say? Does it provide for a reduced notice period within the first few weeks, for example? Or is the contact "subject to satisfactory completion of induction", or similar, which allows for a route out of the contract?

If you simply opt to walk away, you're likely to be in breach of contract. That could expose you to a civil liability, if they choose to pursue it.

They won't "blacklist" you within the industry. Such lists are illegal. It's reasonable to assume that this particular firm would be unlikely to consider you for a role in future, however.

A better option, if you haven't yet signed the contract, is to try and delay doing so until you know the outcome of the other roles.
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What does the contract itself say? Does it provide for a reduced notice period within the first few weeks, for example? Or is the contact "subject to satisfactory completion of induction", or similar, which allows for a route out of the contract?

If you simply opt to walk away, you're likely to be in breach of contract. That could expose you to a civil liability, if they choose to pursue it.

They won't "blacklist" you within the industry. Such lists are illegal. It's reasonable to assume that this particular firm would be unlikely to consider you for a role in future, however.

A better option, if you haven't yet signed the contract, is to try and delay doing so until you know the outcome of the other roles.
Thanks for replying. Yea there is a notice period. The typical notice period will be one month but will be shorter for the first few weeks.
If I decide to reject the offer at last, I will definitely work out the notice period and tell them in advance, more than one month before the starting date.
They don't let me delay signing the contract for too long as they have to conduct background check as well.
So if I do work out the notice period, they can't sue me right?
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So if I do work out the notice period, they can't sue me right?
Correct.

To be honest, even if you breached the contract (by not giving sufficient notice) they might not bother perusing the issue anyway.

Hopefully the notice period will be pretty short (just one week?) initially.
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