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Legitimate business protection or unenforceable restraint of trade – the problem with post-termination restrictions


Michael McCartney comments on a recent Court of Appeal decision in Egon Zehnder v Tillman highlighting the challenge employers face when enforcing clauses designed to prevent competition from employees after they leave. The Court of Appeal held that a non-compete restriction which purported to prevent Ms Tillman from having an “interest” in a competing business […]

The legal challenge to the gig economy


Michael McCartney, a partner at Fladgate LLP, discusses the implications of claims brought against companies like Uber and Deliveroo Hermes is the latest to face a legal challenge to its business model following claims that its couriers should be classed as ‘workers’ rather than ‘self-employed’ persons. This claim (which is backed by the GMB) follows […]

Marathon Asset Management LLP v Seddon: High Court awards £2 in a blow to business protection


Michael McCartney, a partner in Fladgate’s employment team, comments on a recent case that has significant repercussions for employers. In the recent case of Marathon Asset Management LLP v Seddon and Bridgeman the High Court considered the appropriate level of award to make to an investment management business which claimed that two of its senior […]

2016 Legal 500 ranks Fladgate across the board

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2016 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 27 rankings with a further 57 individual recommendations. Commercial contracts Eddie Powell led the advice to MLCG on the negotiation of a multi-year exclusive supply agreement with […]

The holiday headaches continue for UK employers


How should employers treat overtime and commission payments when calculating a worker’s holiday pay? The recent decision of the EAT in the case of British Gas v Lock provides a steer (albeit not a complete answer) to a question which has been circling employers and their legal advisers ever since the Court of Justice of […]

Fladgate announces appointment of employment partner

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Fladgate is delighted to announce the appointment of employment partner Michael McCartney, who joins from Fasken Martineau LLP where he was head of the employment practice group. Michael has extensive experience of advising on the employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional cross-border transactions and restructurings. He has a large international dimension to his practice, working closely with […]