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Restrictive covenants: No implied term against soliciting clients

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    Wallace Bogan & Co v Cove and others [1997] IRLR 453 CA (0 other reports)

In Wallace Bogan & Co Ltd v Cove and others [1997] IRLR 453, the Court of Appeal holds that, in the absence of express covenants in their contracts of employment, there was no implied term restraining solicitors from canvassing clients of their previous firm. The Court accepts that a confidential relationship existed between solicitors and their clients, but says that this does not merit a more onerous obligation on solicitors than other professionals or tradespeople with regard to soliciting customers of their former employer.