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I have worked with a company which deals with providing accommodation to local authorities
in march I have resigned from the company and in april I got a resignation acceptance letter
This type of clause will not of itself prevent you working for a competitor.
However, you sometimes have restrictive covenants, which aim to prevent you working for a competitor, usually for a limited timescale, like 6 months or so, and typically within a limited geographic area.
you mean to say I can work for the competitor is it
If you don't have a clause saying you can't work for a competitor, then you can.
What you cannot do, however, where there is an effective confidentiality clause, is use confidential information belonging to your former employer to carry out that work.
So, for example, if you worked for Coca Cola and knew their secret recipe (confidential information), without restrictive covenants, you could still work for Pepsi instead, but you couldn't tell them the secret Coca Cola formula.
it says like this " All information that is or has been acquired by you during or in yje course of your employment or has otherwise been acquired by you in confidence , All information that relates particular to our business or that of other person with whom we have dealing of any sort shall be confidential and ( save in the course of our business or as required by law ) you shall not at any time ,weather before or after the termination of your employment disclose such information to any person without our prior written consent "
Yes, that's a very familiar form of wording. It simply prevents you using confidential information. It does NOT stop you working for a competitor.
like I said I use to work for a company who provides accommodation to local authorities
does local authorities contact is confidential information ? I mean can I use this contacts for the business or no
What contacts? People that provide accommodation?
we use to provide accommodations to temporary accommodation departments and all the housing officers knows me very well
contact in councils like in housing departments and social service departments
But that's not confidential information, knowing who they are because you know each other well. It MIGHT be confidential information if you had to have a big list of their names and all contact details, but from what you're saying, you wouldn't need that anyway?
yeah I know about 10 -15 housing officers in housing and social service departments of local councils who we use to deal with during my ex employment
Well, if you know them in your head and wish to deal with them in the future, this clause doesn't look like it will have that effect.
can I get in touch with these officers in promoting business for new employer
Well, that clause you've mentioned doesn't seem to stop you doing that!
The clause says "... you shall not at any time... DISCLOSE such information to ..."
You're not doing that anyway. You just know the information, which in reality, means you know people in your line of work, and are continuing to engage with them.
I don't think you need to worry about this clause stopping you liaising with/dealing with these people. To be ultra-safe, you just don't disclose lists/details of people to third parties. But it doesn't stop you communicating with them for your new employer.
Does this answer your question?
that means I can use this people for my new employers business
In the way I mentioned above, yes.
thanks very much tony
u have given me positive response it helped me a lot
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Great - have a fab weekend! Thank you!
I have one more question to ask if you allow me
Sure, but I have to go now too ...
ok a quick one
okay - a quickie
can I start my own business in the same trade ?
I don't see why not, the clause you mention is about disclosing that information, and you're not going to be doing that, are you?
If you go and do the work yourself, you don't need to disclose it to anybody, you're doing it yourself.
to be honest I could not able to figure out the difference between confidential information and local authority contacts
I was thinking that local authority contacts was like confidential information
They could be, if in a structured list compiled in the course of employment - but not likely otherwise. And EVEN IF, it was in this case, you're not disclosing it!
I don't have any list its just the people I know in various department
Then you're okay!
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