Restrictive covenants and confidential information claims
We have a long history of acting for both employers and employees, which has given us a comprehensive understanding and unique perspective of breach of contract claims.
Enforcing restrictive covenants
If an employee, director or consultant leaves their employment and attempts to breach the restrictive covenants contained in their contract, this can have a very damaging and lasting effect on a business. A business’s clients and customers are its most precious asset and a list is often kept on a confidential database, which could have disastrous implications in a competitor’s hands.
Speed is of the essence in these situations. Working closely with the Employment team, we seek to address the problem quickly. Where necessary, we take enforcement action through the Court, including obtaining urgent injunction orders to enforce the restrictive covenants and to force the person to stop breaching their contract and hand back any confidential information they have taken.
Any financial loss can then be recovered in a damages claim against the person concerned.
Defending employees accused of breach of contract
We have many years’ experience in acting for employees and former directors to successfully defend claims made against them for breach of contract and/or breach of confidence. We carefully review employment contracts, restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses to advise exactly where the limits are. They should be no wider than necessary to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests. If they are too wide or worded carelessly, they will fail altogether.