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Team Moves and Restrictive Covenants (Employment)

Team Moves and Restrictive Covenants

In recent times we have acted in a number of landmark cases. The result: a deep understanding of the pressures and interests in play for both employers and employees and an approach that can resolve cases strategically and quickly.

Restrictive covenants are notoriously difficult to draft correctly and to enforce. We have significant experience in bringing and defending post-termination competition proceedings in the High Court, whether on behalf of employers or employees, and, where necessary, using and resisting specialist injunctive relief. Drawing on this experience we can draft and advise on all kinds of restrictive covenants.

Post-employment competition can also include team moves, especially in sectors where teams rather than individuals are responsible for securing business. There is often a fine line between moves that are legally permissible and those that are unlawful. We advise either side (employer or employees) on team moves and poaching raids, including the acquiring of entire teams or, conversely, protecting a business against poaching and the disruption this causes in terms of talent and costs.

Drawing on all this experience we have written the chapter on restraint of trade in Harvey, one of the most authoritative texts on employment law.

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