Restrictive Covenants in Employment Law

Restrictive covenants in employment law offer employers the chance to restrict the use of sensitive or valuable information by employees past or present. However, the enforceability of these clauses is sometimes called into question by employees who feel the restrictions in their contract of employment are actually unenforceable.

The expert solicitors here at JMW have years of experience advising and representing people who are in dispute with their current or former employer and have an excellent track record of finding a resolution that works for all parties.

To speak to a specialist employment law solicitor, call 0345 872 6666 or complete our online contact form.

What are Restrictive Covenants?

Restrictive covenants are clauses in a contract of employment that typically aim to stop employees having a negative effect on the company once they have left their job.

The different kinds of restrictive covenants include:

  • Non-poaching covenants - stopping employees poaching old colleagues
  • Non-solicitation covenants - stopping employees poaching clients or customers of the old company
  • Non-competition covenants - stopping employees going on to work in a similar role for a competitor
  • Non-dealing covenants - stopping employees dealing, in any form, with clients and customers once they've left the company

These clauses can be enforced if they are seen to be reasonable, justified, aimed at protecting the employer's business interests and are not too broad.

However, sometimes they can be challenged, which is where we come in, helping employees contest the clauses and have them diluted or even invalidated.

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If you want to know more about restrictive covenants or challenge clauses placed into your employment contract, get in touch with our experts today. Call 0345 872 6666 or complete our online contact form.

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