Expert Employee Competition and Confidentiality Disputes Lawyers

Blake Morgan’s expert employee competition and confidentiality disputes lawyers combine the specialist knowledge of our Employment team, Dispute Resolution team and Intellectual Property team to bring you a seamless service in protecting your organisation’s knowledge and people assets.

Our specialist team understands how important your trade know-how, customers, suppliers and employees are and how to protect them as far as possible.

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Main Areas Of Practice


The Blake Morgan employee competition and confidentiality disputes lawyers have expertise advising on breaches of restrictive covenants and confidentiality including:

Recruitment

Our team of specialists advises on all aspects of recruitment and effective contracts and service agreements.

Confidentiality

Our expert lawyers ensure that your business is protected when key employees resign or are dismissed. We also specialise in enforcing post-termination restrictive covenants and obtaining injunctions.

Data protection

Your employees often have access to sensitive and confidential data. Our expert lawyers help you to protect your confidential information and databases including data protection and advise on social media issues.

Intellectual property

We are experienced in providing expert intellectual property advice to help protect your ideas, services and products.

Fiduciary duties

Office holders have a duty to act and use their powers in good faith, in the best interests of the company. We advise on the fiduciary duties of office holders.

Existing employees

We advise on the enforceability of existing contractual provisions and review contractual arrangements when employees are promoted, move jobs or the organisation undergoes change, to ensure the contracts remain fit for purpose.

Departing employees

If it becomes clear that a former employee poses a competitive threat or is acting in breach of his/her obligations, perhaps enticing away customers/staff to a competing business or taking valuable customer information, our expert employee competition and confidentiality disputes lawyers can act swiftly to enforce your organisation's rights to the fullest extent necessary.

Our Clients


Our team of expert employee competition and confidentiality disputes lawyers act for a diverse range of clients across all sectors that include corporations, private limited companies, owner managed businesses, charities and the public sector. We also act for senior employees who have left a business and are facing a claim for breach of restrictive covenants.

Highlights


Acting at first instance and in the Court of Appeal in relation to a dispute between two suppliers regarding the use of confidential information to contact and procure customers directly following the termination of a sub-contract. Relief was gained on an interlocutory and, following a speedy trial, on a final basis.


Acting for a large leading software services provider pursuing a former senior employee who was joining a competitor in order to prevent loss of our client's confidential information. An interim injunction was obtained preventing the employee working for the competitor for several months pending a speedy trial. The case was later settled with a very satisfactory outcome for the company.


Acting on behalf of a national services company against a main competitor following the poaching of a sales manager. An injunction on a without notice basis was obtained against the manager and the company after covertly obtained evidence revealed that the employee had stolen a customer database which he planned on targeting through his new employment. The case was settled on confidential terms.


Our Experts


Oliver
Weiss
Partner

London

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Jill
Bainbridge
Partner

Southampton

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Heather
Welham
Senior Associate

Southampton

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Lee
Fisher
Partner

Cardiff

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Joanne
Thompson
Senior Associate

Cardiff

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Nicola
Diggle
Legal Director

Oxford

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Case Studies

In court proceedings injunctive relief may be granted to the claimant after successfully asserting a without notice application in circumstances where, for example, there is a case of extreme urgency...

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Case Studies

In this particular employment court case, the court had to rule on an interim injunction against a former employee for a possible breach of restrictive covenant. The question as to...

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Articles

A springboard injunction is an order granted by the Court which prevents, for example, a former employee from gaining a head start by using his/her former employer's confidential information or...

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Case Studies

The Court of Appeal decision in Egon Zehnder Ltd v Tillman [2018] placed doubt on whether it was possible for parts of a single covenant to be deleted without changing...

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Articles

The ever-growing importance of precise use and drafting of terms to protect confidential information, and how this can assist in circumstances where an employee is moving to a competing business,...

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