UK: Government consultation on regulation of confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements and employment contracts

Further to its response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report last December (see here), the Government is consulting until 29 April 2019 on proposals to regulate confidentiality clauses (commonly referred to as “NDAs” or non-disclosure agreements) in employment contracts and settlement agreements.  The Government has rejected calls to ban the use of such … Read more

UK: interim injunction prevents workplace culture disclosures to media

The appropriate use of confidentiality agreements in the employment context has come under a lot of scrutiny given the #MeToo campaign; a recent case illustrates how the courts may approach the issue of enforceability. In Linklaters LLP v Mellish, Linklaters was granted a temporary injunction to restrain the defendant, its ex-global director of business development, from … Read more

Singapore: Restraint of Trade Provisions

It is common for employers to include restraint of trade provisions in employment contracts. However, such provisions are generally unenforceable unless it can be shown that there is a legitimate proprietary interest to protect and the restraint goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest. In Powerdrive Pte Ltd (“Powerdrive”) v Loh … Read more

Trade Secrets – short video on the impact of the new UK Regulations in IP and employment contexts

Here’s a short video made for Practical Law, in which Herbert Smith Freehills IP and Employment Professional Support Consultants, Rachel Montagnon and Anna Henderson, discuss the impact of the UK’s recent Trade Secrets (Enforcement etc) Regulations 2018 and practical approaches to protecting confidential information and trade secrets. Key issues discussed are: The new, common definition of a trade secret What … Read more

Recruitment and protection of talent: a boardroom issue for pharma

Our article Recruitment and protection of talent: a boardroom issue for pharma is available on our pharma hub here. Technological advancement is key amongst the forces driving change in the pharmaceutical healthcare sectors, with businesses increasingly partnering with non-traditional players such as tech giants, agile biotech start-ups and insurers. In this article we explore how the … Read more

UK: dismissal of trade union representative for misuse of confidential information automatically unfair

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the protection against unfair dismissal for taking part in trade union activities should be interpreted broadly and will not necessarily fall away where the activity involves misconduct. In Morris v Metrolink a trade union representative unlawfully retained confidential information that had been obtained without consent and sent to … Read more

Hong Kong: The Requirement of Being ‘Fit and Proper’

In many industries, it is a requirement that certain individuals performing regulated activities are, and remain, fit and proper. For example, these requirements will apply to certain individuals who are subject to the oversight of financial services regulators such as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) or the Insurance Authority. … Read more

UK: Supreme Court rules that negotiating damages will not be available for breach of employment covenants in most cases

Negotiating damages (or ‘Wrotham Park’ damages) are damages for such amount as would notionally have been agreed between the parties, acting reasonably, as the price for releasing one party from its contractual obligations. The Supreme Court in Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd has overturned a Court of Appeal judgment and ruled that negotiating damages … Read more