Well, no - it isn't that simple. Or rather, it is that simple, it's just different to what you think. There is no automatic supersession of contracts - each contract is viewed, in law, according to its own merits, or lack of them. The terms of a contract may well be varied, but only by the express agreement of all parties to the contract, but not by coercion or subterfuge.TheWife said:The law as it stands is the lasts contract signed wins it. however, which one was signed last if they were both on the same day. No time, just date stamped.
Be aware though, that a contract may be created verbally and accepted by action - for example, if you call out a plumber, and he turns up on your doorstep and you let him in, then a contract has has been invited, offered, and accepted, all without putting pen to paper. You probably knew this, but perhaps didn't recognise it.
If there's a dispute over whether or not the parties to a particular written contract all intended to enter into it, notwithstanding the fact that they signed it, then a court has the jurisdiction to resolve the dispute by hearing evidence and ruling upon the facts according to that evidence. It is folly to prejudge what a court will rule, and any solicitor you consult will avoid making that prediction. BTW, some solicitors make good money out of passing the risk onto you, but by claiming that they take the risk - to wit the "no win / no fee" services. However, these solicitors are simply bookies - they spread the risk over many clients, and the fee you pay (when you win) reflects their view of the risk of losing all of the cases on their books.
All you need to do now is The Right Thing. And the right thing is to tell the truth, to act promptly, responsibly and reasonably at all time, and to keep keep a written record of conversations and actions. However, attempting to blur the truth about the order in which the two contracts were signed is neither necessary nor wise, and doing so creates the risk that you will lose credibility by not telling the whole truth. Oh what a tangled web we weave / When first we practice to deceive.
You could instruct a solicitor to write a letter, to attempt to bully your opponent into submission. Whether or not this works will be determined not just by the quality of the letter, but by the strength of his conviction that he's right (or by his lunacy), but it often does work, and could be money well spent - you don't have to continue paying the solicitor to represent you, after all...