Protecting against unfair competition from former employees


Time: 17:00 - 18:30

Location: Fladgate LLP, 16 Great Queen Street, London, United Kingdom

Protecting against unfair competition from former employees – what level of restraint is possible and what lessons can business owners and managers take from recent cases?

A number of recent cases highlight the challenges faced by employers when seeking to protect their businesses against competition from former employees.  In Marathon v Seddon, compensation of just £2 was awarded despite it being found that highly confidential material was removed by a senior employee who was in the process of setting up a competing fund.  A leading executive search company, Egon Zehnder, lost its case recently when the Court of Appeal decided that a six month restriction against a former senior executive, Mary-Caroline Tillman, was not enforceable.

As the threat posed by a departing employee increases (with ever greater access to information and more sophisticated means to remove it), business owners and managers simply cannot afford to do nothing.   Fladgate LLP lawyers Michael McCartney and Mike Tremeer will guide attendees through the legal issues in play in this area and practical steps that can and should be taken by employers to prevent unlawful activity by employees during their employment and after they leave.

We are also excited to welcome to the panel Andrew Hochhauser QC of Essex Court Chambers.  Andrew will be discussing issues raised in the Egon Zehnder case from the perspective of one of the pre-eminent barristers in this field with involvement in many of the key restrictive covenant claims over the last decade or so.   


Thursday 23 November 2017


5.00 pm – Registration and coffee

5.30 pm – Introduction and presentation

6.30 pm – Drinks and canapés


Fladgate LLP, 16 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DG

To register your place, please contact Susan Warren, Events Co-ordinator. T: 020 3036 7149 E:

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