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Protecting the business

Fiona Cuming

Editor's message: Your organisation has information and knowledge that it considers vital to preserve its competitive edge in the market place. You can protect these business interests by using carefully-drafted restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses.

Your employees are also integral to the success of your organisation and an effective non-poaching covenant can restrict an ex-employee from poaching other members of your staff.

It is equally important to implement effective measures to prevent, monitor and eliminate bribery within your organisation.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

New and updated

  • Breach of contract: nominal damages for misuse of confidential information

    Date:
    6 March 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    The High Court has held that two ex-employees breached their contracts of employment by misusing confidential information belonging to their former employer's business. However, the High Court found that the employer had not suffered any financial loss and that it was entitled to only nominal damages of £1 from each employee.

  • Libel: Email stating employee dismissed for gross misconduct not libellous

    Date:
    1 November 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Theedom v Nourish Trading Ltd (t/a CSP Recruitment) and another [2016] IRLR 866 HC, the High Court dismissed an employee's libel claim in respect of emails sent by his employer about his misconduct.

  • Date:
    31 October 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    The Government is considering a ban on restrictive covenants, but would this open the door to more poaching of staff?

  • Restrictive covenant breach: £30,000 and injunction for employer

    Date:
    19 August 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    In DLA Piper's latest case report, the High Court awarded damages of £30,000 and gave an injunction to a company after a former employee breached restrictive covenants by using a combination of customer contact details and information from purchase logs acquired during his employment to poach customers.

  • No libel in email stating employee dismissed for gross misconduct

    Date:
    21 June 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    The High Court has held that an employer's email to its clients advising that a named employee had been dismissed for gross misconduct was not defamatory. The employer had a defence to libel because the statement was substantially true.

  • Type:
    Legal timetable

    Protection against the unlawful acquisition, use or disclosure of a trade secret comes into effect.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 June 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    Beth Staniland is a trainee solicitor, and Emma Cousins, Ciara Jenkins, Iain Naylor and Lucy Sorell are associates at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Call for evidence on restrictive covenants

    Date:
    26 May 2016
    Type:
    Consultations

    The Government has launched a call for evidence seeking views on the impact of restrictive covenants (non-compete clauses) on business innovation.

  • Common contract terms

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on the Government's announcement that it will consult on non-competition clauses.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 March 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    David Malamatenios is a partner in the employment department at Colman Coyle Solicitors. He rounds up the latest rulings.