Team Moves and Restrictive Covenants (Employment)

Team Moves and Restrictive Covenants

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. A transition period, during which EU laws continue to apply in the UK, is due to end on 31 December 2020. The UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement sets out transitional arrangements and negotiations for the future UK/EU relationship are ongoing.

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.

Work highlights

Latest

How can we help you?

How can we help you?

Subscribe: I'd like to keep in touch

If your enquiry is urgent please call +44 20 3321 7000

Crisis Hotline

Emergency number:

COVID-19 Enquiry

Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please enter your enquiry
Please enter your email address
Please enter your phone number
Please select a contact method

I'm a client

Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please enter your enquiry
Please enter an email address
Please enter your phone number
Please enter a value

I'm looking for advice

Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please enter your enquiry
Please select a department
Please enter your email address
Please enter your phone number
Please select a contact method

Something else

Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please enter your enquiry
Please enter your email address
Please enter your phone number
Please select your contact method of choice