One of the key planks of our market leading advertising and marketing practice has always been employment law. And within that discipline, the most contentious and costly issues often arise in both enforcing and escaping restrictive covenants. Some people love their gardening leave, but their new employers usually don't.
As 'gamekeepers', we've helped numerous agencies to prevent their key executives from joining a competitor and taking a book of business with them. On the flip side, as 'poachers', we've also helped some of the biggest names in British advertising to evade their former employer's restrictive covenants. And because we act on both sides of the argument, we know all the best moves.
As the war for talent in the ad industry becomes increasingly intense, the enforcement of restrictive covenants is set to become ever more important. Why? Because talent moves can lead to lost clients and prospects, as well as triggering moves by other colleagues, and create threats for your confidential information. But if you haven't created the right defense mechanisms at the start of the employment relationship you will be at risk. And even if your contracts contain enforceable restrictive covenants - which is a big 'if' - you have to be ready to act quickly when threats arise.
This session will be led by Lewis Silkin partners Tarun Tawakley, who re-joined the firm after a spell as Head of Employment Law and Commercial Litigation at Deliveroo; and Lucy Lewis, who is undoubtedly one of UK's leading experts in employment law for the ad industry. Tarun and Lucy will explain the key issues, options and strategies in this highly practical session for HR, legal and any executives in ad agencies who need to grapple with these issues occasionally, but urgently.
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"Gardening leave: a quaint expression for an apparently Draconian restriction that can force agency managers to take significant time out from the business. Indeed, if William Eccleshare takes the term literally, he'll have enough time to turn a weed-infested wilderness into something resembling the grounds at the Palace of Versailles." Campaign Magazine, 20th May 2005.