Dairy Crest Ltd v Piggott: CA 1989

When considering restrictive covenants in employment cases, courts must not seek to uphold a clause as reasonable only because the same clause was upheld in a different case. It is an error of law. There is no ‘tariff’ of what is reasonable. In this case the post-employment non-solicitation restriction extended to two years, but was upheld.

[1989] ICR 92
England and Wales
CitedStenhouse Australia Ltd v Phillips PC 2-Oct-1973
(Australia) An employer’s claim for protection from competition by a former employee under a restrictive covenant must be based upon the identification of some advantage or asset inherent in the business which can properly be regarded as, in a . .

Cited by:
CitedAllan Janes Llp v Johal ChD 23-Feb-2006
The claimant sought to enforce a restrictive covenant against the defendant a former assistant solicitor as to non-competition within a certain distance of the practice for a period of three years. After leaving she had sought to set up partnership . .
CitedAssociated Foreign Exchange Ltd v International Foreign Exchange (UK) Ltd and Another ChD 26-May-2010
The claimant sought interim injunctions to enforce a restrictive covenant against solicitation of customers in a former employee’s contract. The employee, a FOREX dealer, had been placed on garden leave for three months and then his contract . .

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Updated: 22 January 2022; Ref: scu.240031