Can an employer withdraw a job offer if it has been accepted verbally but not yet put in writing?

A contract of employment comes into force as soon as there has been an offer of employment and an unconditional acceptance of that offer, even if the offer and acceptance were communicated verbally. This means that any withdrawal of an unconditional job offer will constitute a breach of contract, entitling the prospective employee to sue the employer for damages. In most instances, this would be an amount corresponding to payment for the period of notice to which the employee would have been entitled had they started work and then been dismissed.