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Defending a CEO and her new employer against a High Court claim for breach of restrictive covenants

Defending a CEO and her new employer against a High Court claim for breach of restrictive covenants

We advised a CEO and her new employer on her move to that company from a rival global IT company and dealt with subsequent High Court litigation on restrictive covenants, advising on claims, defence and ultimately a favourable settlement.

The case involved complex litigation relating to the enforceability of international (Swiss/UK) restrictive covenants, which potentially threatened to keep the CEO out of gainful employment for 18 months. The matter also raised difficult confidentiality and conflict of interest issues that GQ had to navigate in its management of the litigation.

The matter settled on terms favourable to the CEO and the company. In addition, the legal spend incurred by our clients was around 55% of that incurred by the other side – a good example of GQ providing a premium service but without the “Big Law” price tag.