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You could not really argue that they lured you away from your previous employer could you?
The law is that you are entitled to receive reasonable notice or pay in lieu of notice.
Generally, in determining what is reasonable notice Courts look at several factors including the length of time you worked for the employer, your age, your position, the likelihood of finding new employment etc.
At the high end, if you were in a managerial position, the Court would likely order one month's notice or pay in lieu of notice for each year of employment. If you were not in a managerial position the Court would order somewhat less.
So keeping that in mind when you negotiate you of course want to get as much pay as possible but at the same time don't want to alienate them.
So this isn't really so much about the law at this point as prioritizing what you want and trying to get it.
Do you see what I mean?
There is no law about reference letters. So you can ask now or later and the employer can agree or refuse now or later