Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2017] All ER (D) 170 (Jul)
Neutral Citation: [2017] EWCA Civ 1054
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Longmore, Patten and Sales LJJ

Representation Daniel Oudkerk QC (instructed by Simmons & Simmons LLP) for the employee.
  James Laddie QC (instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP) for the employer.
Judgment Dates: 21 July 2017


Employment - Contract of employment - Restrictive covenant

The Case

Employment Contract of employment. The clause relied on by the employee in her contract did prohibit shareholdings in any business carried on in competition with the former employer and was impermissibly wide and in restraint of trade unless it could be severed in some way. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division held that the clause was however, a single covenant which had to read as a whole and could not be severed.

Practice Areas

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