In an exclusive Q&A session with Legalwise Seminars, Sherridan Cook, Partner at Buddle Findlay, shares some insight into why it is important to be familiar with the legal framework regarding restraints of trade and the protection of confidential information. He will be delving further into this topic at the upcoming webinar on Wednesday, 5 August 2020.
Why has this become such an important area of focus right now?
What are ‘restraint of trade’ clauses and how do they protect employers?
Why is it so important for employers to protect confidential information and restrict trade?
Can you give an example of what can happen if former employees are not restrained and confidential information is misused? What sort of damage could they face?
What makes a good RoT or protection of information clause?
In terms of enforcing the process (or filing for injunctive relief) can you provide an example of what can trip people up or slow down the process?
Sherridan Cook specialises in employment, industrial relations and health and safety as well as litigation and dispute resolution.
Sherridan advises a wide range of private and public sector clients across the full ambit of employment and health and safety issues. He has considerable strength in industrial relations and employment related litigation, including confidentiality and restraint of trade disputes.
Sherridan has particular expertise in property and construction disputes, including Construction Contracts Act adjudications, leasehold disputes and rent reviews, as well as contractual, company and intellectual property disputes and judicial review.
Sherridan regularly appears in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court, the High Court and appellate courts, and at arbitrations and mediations.
Sherridan is the consulting editor of the Lexis Nexis publication Health and Safety Law Made Easy, second edition – A comprehensive guide to New Zealand’s health and safety scheme.