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In a previous article, we spoke about restraint clauses. But we didn’t cover restraint clauses in relation to company directors, who want to start their own companies. Like most employees, company directors have access to the inner mechanisms of a business. Unlike employees, though, company directors are at the helm. The information they can access is often significantly more sensitive than that which is available to others within the organisation. Understandably, companies want reliable assurances that their sensitive information won’t be put to use against them. However, directors frequently start their own companies. After all, directors are well-positioned to apply their specialist knowledge to the management of a new company. They routinely take career opportunities that are presented to them, and have every right to do so. But what about the information they possess? There are two primary mechanisms that companies employ to gain the assurance that their former directors won’t work against company interests. The first is directors’ duties, and the second is restraints of trade. So let’s have a look at how they work. read more…
Almost everyone has signed an employment agreement or contract before. Usually, it’s an experience filled with budding opportunity. After all, employment is the gateway to a long and fulfilling career. However, for some people that agreement can gradually become a source of restriction. When it’s time to move on from a job, to starting your own business, there are plenty of obligations to navigate. There’s notice; you’ve got to give your employer plenty of that. Then there’s the financial side of things; you’ve got to make sure you receive everything you’re entitled to. But there’s one more obstacle that often catches burgeoning businessowners by surprise: the restraint of trade. read more…
In terms of business-related crimes, fraud is among the more common. However, recognising fraud is more challenging than most realise. All fraud offences are predicated on an element of dishonesty. But that is generally the extent of their similarities. Fraud offences are, in fact, varied quite markedly in their nature. As a result of that, recognising fraud in certain circumstances is difficult. Nevertheless, maintaining a suitable distance from fraudulent activity is a matter of priority for all businesses. read more…
Confidential information may be confidential for a range of reasons. It might be a trade secret—something that must remain secret for the sake of your business. Alternatively, it may be confidential for reasons of privacy; perhaps your business stores customer data, or other sensitive personal information. Most businesses deal with information that demands a certain degree of confidentiality. But in some situations, it’s necessary to disclose your information, or other people’s confidential information to a third party. So how can you control that information once it leaves the safe confines of your business? read more…
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