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Employment Restrictive Covenant Disputes

Protecting your key talent

What is involved?

When it comes to managing risk factors in your business, such as protecting your customer data base and key talent, there are proactive steps you can take. Using our expertise we can help you from the outset, drafting enforceable restrictions, which will act as a deterrent, and should the need arise, on which our expert litigation team can rely, in order to robustly defend your business.

We have a wide range of experience in this area. Work has included bringing claims against former employees, enforcing terms of restrictive covenants in Sale and Purchase Agreements, issuing letters of action against individuals and their new employers, and obtaining injunctive relief to enforce non-poaching clauses. Our lawyers offer a prompt, reliable service for defending your business.

Call our Dispute Management team now to find out more.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Our team can offer a fixed fee review of your employment contracts to ensure that you have the highest level of protection
  • If you have an ex-employee who you believe is in breach of their post-termination restrictions we can help by carrying out an assessment of the protection you have in place and advising on the merits of pursuing litigation against both the individual and their new employer
  • Any delay in dealing with such issues may restrict the remedies available so, where necessary, action will be taken immediately
Meet the team

Employment Restrictive Covenant Disputes Lawyers

James Berry

James Berry

0114 263 9483

Richard Coates

Richard Coates

0845 128 7972

Philippa Dempster

Philippa Dempster
Managing Partner

0845 050 3203

Tom Draper

Tom Draper

Mark Emery

Mark Emery

0186 578 1079

Notable Work
  • Claim against former employee who set up competing business whilst employed in breach of the terms of his contract of employment.
  • Enforcing terms of a restrictive covenant in a Sale and Purchase Agreement against the outgoing director/shareholder.
  • Issuing letters before action against an individual in breach of his restrictive covenants and to his new employer who had received a copy of the individual’s contract of employment.
  • Obtaining injunctive relief in the High Court to enforce non-poaching clauses in an ex-employee’s contract of employment.
  • Acting for a recruitment business in enforcing terms of a restrictive covenant against an ex-employee. Achieving an out of court settlement. This resulted in the ex-employee agreeing to abide by all restrictive covenants in his contract of employment and return our client’s property. We also obtained the transfer of his 35% shareholding (valued in excess of £600,000) back to our client.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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