Thursday, 17 December 2009

Stop thief! They're my clients!

Shropshire businesses who make staff redundant should take steps to safeguard their clients in the wake of the decision. The warning comes from our Employment Law Specialist, John Mehtam, who said employers should beware redundant workers who may try to poach clients.

“Making staff redundant is difficult enough, but what can you do if they take valuable clients and business with them when they leave? What restrictions should you put on employee contracts, and how far can you go to stop them stealing your business once they’ve left?”

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n a bid to help employers protect their business, we have invited one of the most highly-regarded lawyers in the UK to host a unique presentation at our offices in Euston Way. Mohammed Zaman QC will give the only presentation of its kind in the Shropshire area on January 14, and the free event is open to employers in all industry sectors.

Mr Zaman will tackle the issues companies face when former employees set up in competition or try to steal customers or ideas.

“This really is a wonderful opportunity for local companies to hear from a renowned expert, and it’s right on the doorstep,” said John. “In challenging economic times like this, it’s traumatic enough to have to consider axing staff, but to face the threat of them stealing your business afterwards is even worse. It’s vital in today’s climate that companies protect their existing assets, which include the relationships they have with their clients, and this presentation will help give clear guidelines on how far you can go.”

The event will be held from 8am to 9.30am, and employers interested in attending should register in advance with Martin-Kaye Solicitors as places will be strictly limited.