Restrictive Covenants and Non Compete Agreements
A typical case we see with contract disputes are regarding non-compete agreements. When a business hires an employee, it is based on the condition that they will not work to benefit a competitor.
A non-compete agreement is there to protect vital business interests when an employee leaves that company.
Whenever sensitive information is shared between two parties, there is potential for that information to be exploited to gain a competitive advantage. A non-compete agreement or restrictive covenants are put into place to help formalise the relationship and provide legal remedies in the event of a breach.
However, a non-compete clause can be problematic as it can conflict with other necessary legal rights and principles such as freedom to work and restraint of trade. For example, a non-compete clause could be challenged on the basis that they are too widely drafted, since many clauses have a long period of time inserted or wide geographical area in which they apply.
To understand whether a clause is enforceable, the court will consider the restriction times, the geography of the restriction and whether it goes further than necessary to protect the businesses interests. To understand whether you should sign and potentially breach an employment contract, it would benefit from gaining advice from an experienced employment lawyer.
At MJW Law, we would be happy to discuss any contractual issues you may have as an employer or an employee, if this is under negotiation. We can also instruct if you are facing a dispute over a non-compete case.
Speak with one of the team.
Our specialist dispute resolution lawyers can help regarding a non-compete contract. When you call, you’ll speak directly to one of our specialists, meaning you’ll be in safe hands.
Your claim will be evaluated.
Our expert team of lawyers will work with you to fully understand the non-compete case and any issues you may be facing and then discuss the best approach to meet your objectives.
We will negotiate your claim.
Once we’ve agreed the best approach to your non-compete agreement dispute – whether in court or out of court (e.g. mediation, arbitration) – we’ll support you throughout the process to provide the best outcome to your dispute.