Restrictive covenants

Most employment contracts include things like “restrictive covenants”, “restraint of trade” or “non-competition” clauses. They’re there to stop you doing something, such as working for a competitor or setting up in competition on your own if you leave your job.

If you are thinking about doing something like this, you need to know what the clauses in your contract are trying to achieve and whether you have to comply with them. We’ll be happy to meet with you for a fixed fee and advise you.

If you’ve already left your employer, the first you might hear about a possible problem could well be when you receive an aggressive, threatening letter. It could be from your former employer or their advisers, but it will probably demand that you stop what you’re doing.

If your former employer considers you a threat to its business, they may apply to the court for an injunction. You need to take a threat like this very seriously. Get in touch with us straightaway for advice. Andrew King has a specific interest in this area and has acted for numerous employees in successfully resisting the advances of former employers.

Andrew King, Director Head of our dispute resolution services and Squash challenger

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