Covenants, Confidentiality, and Garden Leave
Edited by Paul Goulding QC and a team of specialist contributors
Oxford University Press
WHEN EMPLOYEES SET UP COMPETITION WITH THEIR EMPLOYER -- WHAT TO DO?
An Appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
Under the editorship of Paul Goulding QC, this erudite and authoritative volume from the Oxford University Press on employee competition is a collaborative work.
Presenting the collective knowledge and expertise of twenty-three learned contributors mainly from Blackstone Chambers and Olswang, it offers a dual perspective: that of both barristers and solicitors -- plus the two contributions from Strotz Friedberg, formerly DGI Forensics. Lord Justice Elias, who has contributed so much to the law of employee competition, has written a new Foreword to this edition, stressing in particular the eminently useful, practical and 'user friendly' approach taken by this book.
Since the first edition of 'Employee Competition' was published four years ago, this new second edition, aims to help practitioners meet the emerging challenges inherent in employee competition, particularly those emanating from cross border litigation. In so doing the book responds to the increasingly important international dimension within employee competition, namely -- to quote the editor --'litigation to enforce restrictive covenants and protect trade secrets'.
As Elias has said, the book addresses, in addition to a multiplicity of other matters, the increasingly common problem of, for example, an employer who 'suffers the loss of a team of employees who move en bloc to a rival or to set up in competition'.
In the words of Elias, this is a work which in 'providing solutions to everyday problems', and is of value to academic and practitioner alike. Equally valuable are the extensive tables of cases and legislation and the no less than twelve appendices which include sample clauses for every foreseeable contingency you will encounter, from Confidential Information Clauses and Garden Leave Clauses to sample Pre-action letters, sample Restrictive Covenants (employment) and of course, more.
As 'Employee Competition' covers the major developments in law and practice in this field in 12 main chapter headings and 12 excellent appendices to the beginning of October 2010, you can keep even more up to date and certainly up to the minute in this area via the Internet. Occasional new papers can, additionally, be accessed via the Blackstone Chambers Website.
That's what we would call an exemplary service, and is definitely a 'what to do' book!