Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants are clauses included in a contract of employment where the employer tries to restrict or prevent an employee having a negative effect on their business once they have left their job. The different kinds of restrictive covenants include:
• Non-poaching - used to stop an ex employee from poaching old workmates
• Non-solicitation - used to stop an ex employee poaching a company’s clients
• Non-competition - used to stop an ex-employee going on to work in a similar role for a competitor
• Non-dealing - used to stop an ex employee from dealing, in any form, with clients and customers once they've left the business

Restrictive covenants can only be enforced if they are seen to be reasonable and no wider than necessary to protect the employer's legitimate business interests. If you breach enforceable restrictive covenants, you leave yourself exposed to a claim for significant damages and/or an injunction. That said, these clauses can sometimes be challenged and declared void, which is where the services of a Lawmatch recommended employment solicitor can help you. If you (or a family member) are in this situation take advantage of a free initial consultation today. 

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