Non-competition clauses

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  • 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.

  • Employers at risk by failing to review restrictive covenants

    Date:
    2 July 2015
    Type:
    News

    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.

  • 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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