However in practice, for both good reasons and bad, backdating of documents does occur.
The risks of backdating (or misdating) documents accidentally is multiplied in modern commercial transactions by the practice of getting all the documents signed before “completion” and then rushing around dating them afterwards.
This article will try to unpick the various legal threads of when you can and cannot backdate documents, and what the consequences will be if you do.
The first and most important thing to note about the consequences of backdating a document is that it is potentially a criminal offence.
One of the thornier issues which comes up in legal practice from time to time is the backdating of documents.
Legally speaking, this is something that you should not do – or more accurately, there will only ever rarely be occasions when this is appropriate to do.