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Restraints of Trade and Protecting Confidential Information

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Over the past 10 years there has been a significant shift towards the ‘paperless office’. Whilst considerably more efficient and sustainable, perhaps the greatest challenge posed by the digital workplace is the protection of confidential information.

From trade secrets to marketing strategies, business plans and clients lists, the risk of information being ‘compromised’ is high.  Unfortunately, employees pose the biggest risk to company confidentiality by divulging ideas, digital records and other private information.  So, how can you protect your confidential information?

Restraint of trade clauses and confidentiality clauses are commonly found in employment agreements. Together, these clauses play an important role in protecting an employer’s business interests, both during the working relationship and after it has ended.

Presented by Senior Associate Dominic Russell and Principal Stephen Booth, our next Coleman Greig Workshop will look at the issue of protecting confidential information and how best to mitigate the potential risk to your business from departing employees.

Topics covered will include:

  • What does ‘confidential’ really mean?
  • What is company property, and what knowledge is an employee entitled to retain?
  • What post-employment conduct can restraint clauses inhibit?  And what can they not prevent?
  • The interaction between enforcing restraints and preserving confidentiality
  • Data security issues
  • Compliance with workplace surveillance rules
  • Restraints and contractors
  • Restraints and sale of business

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be relevant for all senior executives and professionals, from business owners to General Managers, Managing Directors and Marketing/Sales Managers, as well as HR Managers responsible for the preparation of employment contracts and policies and procedures around confidentiality.

Places will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.


Event details

Date And Time

10 April 2018 @ 08:00 AM to 10:00 AM

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