You’ve built up a thriving business with valued clients and staff, but now a key employee has announced they’re leaving and there’s whispers that they’re planning to take some clients and colleagues with them. How can you prevent employees stealing clients?

It’s a common situation, and one that can devastate small firms. That’s why the law allows an option to include restrictive covenants in certain staff members’ contracts.

Lindsey Knowles, head of employment law at Kirwans law firm, explains that restrictive covenants are clauses that restrict employees from taking your business’s clients or staff with them when they leave the organisation.


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