Confidentiality clauses

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How to draft an employment contract

    Type:
    How to

    Practical guidance on drafting an employment contract, including the written statement of particulars; formation of the contract; variation clauses; mobility clauses; collective agreements; probationary periods; confidentiality clauses; garden leave clauses; and post-termination restrictions.

  • Case of the week: No breach of confidence when former employee unaware of misuse of confidential information

    Date:
    14 August 2013
    Type:
    Law reports

    In DLA Piper's case of the week, Vestergaard Frandsen v Bestnet Europe and others, the Supreme Court held that an individual can be liable for breach of confidence only if he or she knows that the information being used is confidential.

  • Confidentiality agreement

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    A model restrictive covenant contract clause to prohibit existing staff from disclosing secret company information or using confidential information.

  • Letter informing a competitor of the contractual obligations of an employee on garden leave

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    A model letter informing a competitor of the contractual obligations of an employee on garden leave.

  • How to draft restrictive covenants

    Type:
    How to

    Practical guidance on drafting restrictive covenants for inclusion in employment contracts, including non-competition and non-solicitation clauses.

  • Contracts of employment: Email contact list belonged to employer

    Date:
    16 October 2007
    Type:
    Law reports

    Lists of contacts kept by employees on their employer's email system are likely to be the property of the employer, unless they are compartmentalised into separate lists of personal and work contacts (Pennwell Publishing (UK) Ltd v Ornstien and others [2007] IRLR 700).

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