Non-competition clauses

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  • Date:
    22 September 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    18 September 2015
    Type:
    Law reports

    David Rintoul, Lucy Sorell and Rachael Wake are associates, and John Bracken and Nancy Goldman-Edwards are trainee solicitors at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 March 2015
    Type:
    Law reports

    David Malamatenios is a partner, and Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 December 2014
    Type:
    Law reports

    David Malamatenios is a partner and Krishna Santra and Colin Makin are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Restrictive covenants: Poorly drafted unambiguous non-competition covenant was nonetheless binding

    Date:
    1 August 2014
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Prophet plc v Huggett [2014] IRLR 797 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an unambiguous non-competition covenant was binding even though, because the drafting was poorly thought through, it was "toothless" and the employee was free to take up employment with a competitor.

  • Drafting defect in restrictive covenant: Court of Appeal permits ex-employee to work for competitor

    Date:
    25 July 2014
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Court of Appeal has held that an employer was bound by the terms of a restrictive covenant in an employment contract that, on a literal reading, had the unintended result that an ex-employee was not restricted from working for a competitor.

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