Restrictive Covenants and Confidentiality Clauses

Is your business at risk from key staff leaving and becoming competitors?  Do you need to protect sensitive and confidential information? 

We all understand that staff will leave for pastures new from time to time.  They may have strong relationships with your clients or customers, so how can you prevent them taking your clients with them?  What would you do if they set up in business down the road and started calling your customers to entice them away?

At Backhouse Solicitors we are experts in preparing and advising on Restrictive Covenants and Confidentiality clauses.  We can update your employment contracts to include Restrictive Covenants preventing your staff working for your local competitors after they leave your employment and preventing them from contacting your clients.  We can also prepare Confidentiality clauses to keep your sensitive business information secret.  These clauses are enforceable in the courts and you can seek damages from your ex-employees if they breach them, but only if they are properly drafted.  Clauses which are too widely drawn will be deemed unreasonable and the courts will refuse to uphold them – make sure you get expert advice.

The benefits for your business:

  • Competitors are discouraged from approaching your staff
  • Staff are discouraged from setting up as competitors
  • Your goodwill and client lists are protected
  • You can sue for damages if staff breach agreements
  • You keep confidential information safe and secure

Restrictive Covenants and Confidentiality Agreements are a complicated area of law.  Don’t wait until a key employee has already left with the client list – contact us on 01245 893400 or email [email protected] to speak to one of our expert employment law solicitors.