Restrictive covenants serve to protect an employer’s legitimate interests by preventing former employees from competing when they leave, soliciting or dealing with customers or poaching staff. Such restrictions can be written into contracts and settlement agreements.
Legal advice is essential as the courts may view these covenants as being in restraint of trade and therefore unenforceable unless they are drafted carefully. Employers must be able to show that the covenant goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect their business.
We advise employers on drafting enforceable covenants and we can seek urgent court injunctions to prevent former staff from using confidential information or from soliciting clients. Our employment solicitors can also pursue the employee, or in some cases their new employer to obtain damages, if the covenants have been breached.
Our legal advice in these matters always has your firm’s interests at its core. Wherever possible, we will help you take preventive measures, so that court hearings become a last resort. That said, we will not hesitate to take swift and decisive action through the courts if your commercial interests demand it.
Our restrictive covenants specialists are part of our London based employer law team. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.