Working in close conjunction with the lawyers in our employment team, we have a vast amount of experience in bringing or defending High Court employment disputes.

We are experts on disputes involving breach of confidence, restrictive covenants, fiduciary duties, team moves, bonus and discrimination claims.

We have advised on a number of high-profile High Court employment litigation cases, some of which are identified below.

Employment litigation expertise

  • Bonus disputes
  • Breach of confidentiality
  • Breach of restrictive covenants
  • Discrimination
  • Disputes regarding employee share options
  • Inducing breach of contract
  • Team moves / poaching
  • Bonus disputes
  • Breach of confidentiality
  • Breach of restrictive covenants
  • Discrimination
  • Disputes regarding employee share options
  • Inducing breach of contract
  • Team moves / poaching

Employment litigation experience

  • Successfully represented inventor Calvey Taylor-Haw in his unfair dismissal claim against Chargemaster Plc (now owned by BP Plc) and advised Mr Taylor-Haw in relation to the exercise of share options which were granted to him when he sold his vehicle charging company, Elektromotive, to Chargemaster in 2017.

  • Acted for Vestra Wealth LLP against UBS Wealth Management in one of the largest team moves seen in the City of London and in respect of which UBS issued an application for injunctive relief to prevent the move from happening. The principles derived from the case are now routinely used both by parties wishing to orchestrate a team move and parties wishing to prevent them.

  • Acted for Global Risk Partners Ltd, a national insurance broker, and its underlying subsidiaries. We have obtained numerous interim injunctions preventing breaches of restrictive covenants and/or misuse of confidential information by departing employees.

  • Acted for a brand management company in a claim brought against a former employee and a competitor for breach of restrictive covenants, confidentiality, and inducement to breach the employment contract.

  • Acted for Mr Geys (Société Générale v Geys [2012]) in the Supreme Court in which Mr Geys was awarded a termination payment of approx €12.5m and established legal precedents on repudiatory breaches of employment contracts and “payment in lieu of notice” clauses.

  • Represented the Brandeaux Group (Brandeaux Advisers (UK) Ltd & Others v Chadwick [2010]) in which our client recovered confidential information retained by a former senior employee / director, and established legal precedent on whether there are any circumstances in which a former employee is entitled to retain his employer’s confidential information.

  • Acted for a specialist investment manager in defending a claim for bonus payments brought by former employee.

  • Acted for a financial services provider in respect of action brought against departing employees for breach of restrictive covenants and confidentiality.

  • Acted for an individual defendant (Foxtons Limited v James Clarke) in proceedings issued by the British estage agency for alleged breaches of restrictive covenants.

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