Legal outcome puts restrictive covenants on firmer ground

Legal outcome puts restrictive covenants on firmer ground

A recent legal case in Britain has thrown a spotlight on the extent to which employers can stop former workers from going to rival firms

The recent news that Ryanair had launched legal proceedings against a former senior executive, whom rival easyJet hired last month, has sparked renewed interest in the extent to which employers can restrict their ex-employees competing with them.

In general, many employment contracts seek to prevent departing employees from immediately joining a competitor, or from poaching staff or customers of their former employer.

Employees moving to another firm, taking critical business information, contacts or even clients...

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