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Restraints of Trade

It is crucial to understand how any terms of your contract could impact your future career plans, particularly if you are considering a move to a competitor, or taking colleagues with you.


This is not always straightforward, since in some cases the restraints of trade written into the contract may not in fact be enforceable. Shine Lawyers can work through these with you and advise whether you need to take them at face value, or not.

Most senior level roles for directors, executives, managers and partners will include restraints of trade, to protect the business. But often, the temptation is for the business to go too far, for deterrent effect. In some cases, that means that the restraints lose their value entirely.

This is a complex area of law, but it may be critical to your next move to take expert advice in order to assess the risks, and if necessary, adapt your plans to avoid them. It can be alarming to find yourself on the receiving end of a letter of demand, but equally, you will want to know if you are on solid ground. We can carefully analyse the contract wording, with a cool head, and work through the broader picture to devise the right strategy for you.

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