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Protecting your business from former employees

Using post-termination restrictions to protect your confidential information and customer relationships from unfair competition from former employees is critical for any business.

However, badly drafted restrictions are simply not worth the paper they are written on.

We prepare clauses which are tailored to your business, maximising enforceability by the courts. We know what works, and what doesn’t, and use this expertise to protect your business.

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We ensure you have the correct clauses in place, to ward off and defeat unfair competition,
and are vastly experienced in handling post-termination restrictions claims.

Our services include:

  • Preparing bespoke “business protection” clauses, including post-termination restrictions (non-compete, non-solicitation etc) and confidentiality restrictions; and
  • Enforcing restrictions through injunction applications and claims for damages.

Our Approach

All of our highly experienced Employment Law solicitors are Legal 500 recommended leaders in their field, who provide jargon-free, commercial legal advice. We speak to you in plain English and provide specialist, practical and pro-active solutions for your business.

We take the time to understand your business and the challenges you face, enabling us to provide bespoke advice which is tailored to you.



  1. What are post-termination restrictions?

    Post-termination restrictions, also known as restrictive covenants, are obligations upon employees which apply after their employment has been terminated. If drafted correctly, they can be used to protect your business from unfair competition from former employees and ensure confidential information is not exploited by employees who no longer work for you.

  2. Can I stop an employee working for a competitor?

    In some circumstances, yes. Restrictive covenants in the contract of employment or service agreement can oblige the employee to comply with certain restrictions in their future career, including not working for a competitor, for a period of time after leaving your business.

  3. Are restrictive covenants enforceable?

    Restrictive covenants may be enforceable if they are carefully drafted to ensure that factors like the duration of the restriction and the geographical spread are reasonable and go no further than necessary to protect your business. Much will depend on the role of the employee and the sector in which your business operates.

  4. Can I introduce restrictions into existing employees’ contracts?

    You can amend your employee’s contract of employment to add restrictive covenants but you will need to follow a particular process, following a period of consultation, in order to obtain your employee’s agreement to the changes. Restrictive covenants are often introduced when an employee is promoted to a more senior role.

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  • Unparalleled Experience and Expertise

We are vastly experienced, Legal-500 recommended
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successful outcomes for employers.

  • Your business, your service

Your business is unique, as are the challenges it faces.
That’s why our approach is always as unique as your business itself.

We don’t like one-size-fits-all strategies. We’re all about crafting tailored strategies that fit your specific needs.

Communication is key. We’re fluent in plain language and have no time for legal jargon. We believe in complete transparency and proactivity, providing you with a clear path and fixed fees so you’re never caught off guard.

  • We are proactive and keep your options open

Most businesses only call their lawyers when things go wrong. By then, it may be too late. We know that prevention is always better than the cure. We work with you proactively to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate risks and ensure successful outcomes before problems arise. We save you time, money and the stress that comes with handling legal issues.

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