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The Government is considering a ban on restrictive covenants, but would this open the door to more poaching of staff?
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.
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.
The Government has launched a call for evidence seeking views on the impact of restrictive covenants (non-compete clauses) on business innovation.
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.
Almost half of businesses have not done an audit of senior employees' contracts in the past year, despite one in 10 having lost financial information after the departure of a senior employee.
David Malamatenios is a partner, and Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
David Malamatenios is a partner and Krishna Santra and Colin Makin are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
In Prophet plc v Huggett  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.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to non-competition clauses.