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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