Employers often try to prevent their former Employees from setting up a competing business or targeting their customers by including ‘restraint of trade’ clauses in their contracts of employment which seek to limit or prevent the Employee from competing once their contract of employment has been terminated.
The legal position regarding restraint of trade clauses is a confusing one. On one hand the Courts consider such clauses to be void because they are anti-competitive, on the other hand the Courts will allow reasonable clauses to be enforced against the Employee.
If you are concerned about a restraint of trade clause in your contract of employment we suggest that you contact us to discuss the validity and enforceability of the clause.
To arrange an appointment to discuss with our specialist lawyers please contact the Employment Department secretary Viki Summers.
Telephone: 01494 864650