2019年7月,英国最高法院审理了劳动合同中限制性条款(本案中为竞业禁止条款)的可执行性。限制性条款是通常包含在劳动合同中的具有约束力的条件,目的是为了保护雇主的业务不受雇员行为的影响。鉴于香港法院最近采用了Beckett测试(详见下文),其在未来也极有可能援引本案。
Continue Reading 英国最高法院对限制性条款进行严格的“蓝铅笔测试

In July 2019, the UK Supreme Court considered the enforceability of a restrictive covenant (in this case, a non-compete clause) in an employment contract.  Restrictive covenants are binding conditions typically contained in employment contracts which aim to protect the employer’s business from acts of the employee. As the Hong Kong Courts recently adopted the Beckett Test (see below for further information) this case is highly likely to also be adopted by the Hong Kong Courts in the future.
Continue Reading  The Supreme court sharpens the “Blue Pencil Test” for restrictive covenants

Last year the UK Courts were not afraid to imply rights of third parties into contracts, such as letters of instruction. Chudley v Clydesdale Bank Plc showed possibility of third parties succeeding in making a claim under contracts to which they are not a party and highlights the importance of understanding (i) in which circumstances the Courts will do so; and (ii) which elements of drafting would help or hinder third party claims.
Continue Reading You may have Third Party Rights even if you don’t know a contract exists

This case covers the typical arguments which arise in SPA disputes in circumstances where a target does not perform as well as expected.  In March 2019, the UK’s High Court handed down its judgment on, amongst others, three key areas which corporate lawyers, buyers and sellers should be mindful of, being:
Continue Reading Share purchase agreements: Lessons for Seller