Employment law cases

All items: Restrictive covenants

  • Employee "blackmailed" into signing restrictive covenants was unfairly dismissed

    19 November 2019

    In Ward v Fiducia Comprehensive Financial Planning Ltd, an employment tribunal upheld a claim for constructive unfair dismissal, finding that the employer had put inappropriate and excessive pressure on the employee to agree to an extended restrictive covenant following his resignation.

  • Supreme Court rules on correct test for severance in restrictive covenants

    4 July 2019

    In Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd, the Supreme Court allowed the appeal and held that a six-month non-compete clause was enforceable because the unenforceable part of the clause was capable of being severed.

  • Restrictive covenants: Non-compete clause too wide to be enforceable

    8 February 2018

    In Tillman v Egon Zehnder, the Court of Appeal held that a six-month non-compete clause that prevented the employee from being "concerned or interested in any business carried on in competition" after termination of employment was unenforceable as it would bar her from being a shareholder in a competing business.

  • Breach of contract: nominal damages for misuse of confidential information

    6 March 2017

    The High Court has held that two ex-employees breached their contracts of employment by misusing confidential information belonging to their former employer's business. However, the High Court found that the employer had not suffered any financial loss and that it was entitled to only nominal damages of £1 from each employee.

  • Libel: Email stating employee dismissed for gross misconduct not libellous

    1 November 2016

    In Theedom v Nourish Trading Ltd (t/a CSP Recruitment) and another [2016] IRLR 866 HC, the High Court dismissed an employee's libel claim in respect of emails sent by his employer about his misconduct.

  • Case round-up

    1 June 2016

    Beth Staniland is a trainee solicitor, and Emma Cousins, Ciara Jenkins, Iain Naylor and Lucy Sorell are associates at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Fair dismissal of Ministry of Defence worker who appeared as a medium while on sick leave

    16 September 2015

    An employment tribunal has rejected the unfair dismissal claim of an employee who was caught making a public appearance as a medium while on sick leave.

  • Case round-up

    1 March 2015

    David Malamatenios is a partner, and Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Case round-up

    1 December 2014

    David Malamatenios is a partner and Krishna Santra and Colin Makin are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Restrictive covenants: Poorly drafted unambiguous non-competition covenant was nonetheless binding

    1 August 2014

    In Prophet plc v Huggett [2014] IRLR 797 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an unambiguous non-competition covenant was binding even though, because the drafting was poorly thought through, it was "toothless" and the employee was free to take up employment with a competitor.

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