Court finds employees don’t have to disclose intention to compete

Published on: 09/06/2017


In MPT Ltd v Peel and others, the High Court was asked to grant an interim injunction against two senior employees of MPT who planned to run a competing business after they left MPT and their restrictive covenants had expired.

MPT questioned the pair on their intentions but they did not disclose their plans. MPT argued that the employees had breached their duty to answer questions truthfully. The Judge, however, did not agree that the defendants were under a contractual duty to disclose their intentions.

This case highlights the freedom that employees have in this regard, however, its worth bearing in mind that the position may have been different if the employees had been directors and owed fiduciary duties to MPT.


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