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A restrictive covenant is an agreement (usually a clause within a contract of employment) between an employer and an employee that restrains the employee from carrying out certain actions both during employment and in the event that the employment ceases.
The actions that covenants commonly seek to prevent a former employee from carrying out include: competing with the employer, taking the employer's trade secrets and soliciting the employer's clients and/or staff.
4 Dec 2020
The government has confirmed it intends to crack down on and potentially ban the use of non-compete clauses in employment...
1 Dec 2020
The government is looking to limit the use of non-compete clauses in an effort to stimulate a more entrepreneurial culture,...
1 Oct 2020
Legal expert says BBC's new impartiality drive has lessons for businesses worried over brand damage from employees' posts.
25 Aug 2020
With so many redundancies in the air, it's time for companies to reassess their attitudes towards restrictive covenants, argues Imogen Finnegan.
18 Aug 2020
Social media has grown in use exponentially since Facebook was launched 16 years ago, and so has the risk to...
11 Dec 2019
We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...
10 Jul 2019
The recent judgment on restrictive covenants in contracts, Tillman v Egon Zehnder, overturned a century-old principle on competition clauses. But...
3 Jul 2019
The Supreme Court hands down a decision that overturns a century-old principle on employee competition clauses.
28 Jan 2019
Businesses, particularly in the finance, technology, pharma, IT and manufacturing sectors use non-compete provisions to protect against potentially unfair competition...
23 Jan 2019
Employers are being warned about the wording of restrictive covenants...
11 Jan 2019
Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...
8 Jan 2019
You may be eating more healthily, exercising more or doing dry January, but for HR professionals returning to work, legal...
21 Sep 2017
Employers often use interim or “springboard” injunctions to protect confidential information after employees decide to leave. But they are not...
31 Oct 2016
The Government is considering a ban on restrictive covenants, but would this open the door to more poaching of staff?...