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Can a poor-quality signed copy document be re-executed by the parties and backdated as signed at the original date of signature?

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Published on LexisPSL on 03/08/2018

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  • Can a poor-quality signed copy document be re-executed by the parties and backdated as signed at the original date of signature?

Ensuring that a written contract contains the correct information is important as it affects the rights and obligations of the parties. However, backdating documents is potentially a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968, and is also contrary to the rules of professional conduct. There are a few extremely limited circumstances in which a simple agreement might be dated with a date that was earlier than the date it was signed. These include if the document was lost or if a potential signatory has to leave a meeting early but intended to be bound and the terms were agreed. Neve

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