Restrictive covenants and confidentially clauses

Restrictive covenants and confidentially clauses

Is your business at risk from key staff leaving and becoming competitors?  Do you need to protect sensitive and confidential information? 

We all understand that staff will leave for pastures new from time to time.  They may have strong relationships with your clients or customers, so how can you prevent them taking your clients with them?  What would you do if they set up in business down the road and started calling your customers to entice them away?

We are experts in preparing and advising on restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses.  We can update your employment contracts to include restrictive covenants preventing your staff working for your local competitors after they leave your employment and preventing them from contacting your clients.  We can also prepare confidentiality clauses to keep your sensitive business information secret.  These clauses are enforceable in the courts and you can seek damages from your ex-employees if they breach them, but only if they are properly drafted.  Clauses which are too widely drawn will be deemed unreasonable and the courts will refuse to uphold them – make sure you get expert advice.

If you would like to talk in confidence to one of our experienced solicitors or have any questions then please call us on 01268 240000 or email us at

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