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Springboard injunctions: Case law shows mixed success

Employers often use interim or "springboard" injunctions to protect confidential information after employees decide to leave. But they are not always straightforward, as two recent cases illustrate. Michael Bronstein, a partner at Dentons, and Olivia Iasonos, a trainee at Dentons, explain.

Interim injunctions can be powerful weapons for employers in protecting their business but they must know how and when to use them.

In the recent employee competition cases of Utilitywise Plc v Northern Gas & Power Limited & Others and MPT Group Limited v Peel & Others, the employers failed to satisfy the court that an injunction was an appropriate remedy.