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Case of the week: Ownership of contacts lists after employment has ended

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This week's case of the week, provided by Addleshaw Goddard, covers ownership of contacts lists after employment has ended.

PennWell Publishing (UK) Limited v Isles

Who owns a contacts list maintained by an employee in Outlook on the employer's computer system? InPennWell Publishing (UK) Limited v Isles, the High Court decided that the list belonged to the employer, despite the fact that it contained personal contacts and contacts that the employee had made before his employment had started.