If you disclose information to someone in confidence they cannot take unfair advantage of it and it may be possible to restrain the use of that information.
Where you are concerned that information should be treated in confidence, expressly setting out that obligation in writing helps make things clear and is easier to enforce if things go wrong.
Confidentiality obligations can be useful to protect information where other intellectual property protection is not available or where you don’t want that information in the public domain, such as:
• commercially sensitive material
• customer lists
• know how
• trade secrets
The use of confidential information can be restrained by way of a springboard injunction preventing people from using information for their own benefit and to gain an unfair head start. If information has already been disclosed, you may be entitled to claim damages to compensate you.
Our specialist lawyers can advise you how to take steps to manage and protect your confidential information both internally, between employers and employees, and externally with suppliers and consultants.
We can advise on, prepare and review:
If you are concerned that your confidential information has been disclosed or is about to be disclosed we can advise you on your options.
We can help you take steps to restrain the unauthorised use of your information, for example if an ex-employee seeks to set up in competition. If necessary we can act on your behalf to obtain injunctions and other remedies.