I read today with interest in the Recruiter Magazine a West Sussex recruitment consultant (Salli Coburn) from Hylton Bishop who recently lost a case over restrictive covenants, something I have also experienced at first hand.
As a result it is important to protect yourself by reading your contract and working round it, although it is rare that companies will pursue you it can happen. I feel very sorry for Salli being charged costs of Â£18,000, It seems a case of breaking a nut with a sledge hammer. In my case a director and a manager left to set up a company and took three members of staff, in this case I can understand a company taking legal action and a fine, but we survived and the company is now one of the most successful companies in their market.
Still anyone thinking of leaving her company will think twice I am sure.
To go to these extreme lengths for a consultant does seem over zealous, surely some less costly arrangement could have been made. I would love to hear the comments from the consultant in question and her point of view.
If you are interested in more info regards to this you may find this link useful from Roydens on restrictive covenants.
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