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Restrictive Covenants & Confidential Information

The law relating to Restrictive Covenants and Confidential Information can be a dangerous and potentially explosive minefield for individuals who may be keen to join a competitor or establish their own business.

The law relating to restrictive covenants and confidential information is complex and challenging and individuals often require specialist legal advice in order to be able to fully understand the legal obligations that may continue to be binding upon them notwithstanding the actual or anticipated termination of their employment.

It used to be said that restrictive covenants were 'not worth the paper that they are written on', however this is an outdated and ultimately misleading view. In recent years there has been a noticeable shift in terms of the judiciaries' willingness to uphold restrictive covenants and protect confidential information. For this reason it is imperative that individuals take expert legal advice on the enforceability of their restrictive covenants and any obligations that they may owe in respect of their employer's confidential information as soon as possible. It is also almost always the case that individuals who take (and act upon) expert legal advice at an early stage find themselves better able to defend themselves against allegations than individuals who choose to bury their heads in the sand and avoid/ignore the issues.

We have a wealth and abundance of experience when it comes to acting for individuals in relation to actual or threatened litigation concerning alleged breaches of restrictive covenants and the misuse of confidential information. Members of the team are also skilled at providing preliminary advice as to the enforceability or otherwise of restrictive covenants and the steps that individuals can take at an early stage in order to minimise the potential for disputes and/or claims from arising.

We have a proven track record for representing and defending individuals who have been threatened with High Court injunction proceedings and/or who have been asked to deliver up documents and enter into written undertakings.

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Our specialist lawyers can utilise their experience and expertise in employment law to represent you in the event that you need to defend yourself against allegations that you have acted in breach of your restrictive covenants and/or that you have misused confidential information. Call any of our Leeds, York or Sheffield offices to speak to a member of the team today.

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