Yes the employee had a contract and there are confidentiality and non compete restrictions.
It is a small company, set up two years ago with the employee fronting it. The market share that we know we have lost is circa 5% but he has also passed our client list to other people and we have found records of him offering to do work direct for people to 'save on the overheads costs' so we cannot equate the total potential loss.
Sorry for not continuing yesterday as I went out to a meeting.
Firstly, I take it that you only work on-line so we need to approach a local solicitor?
Secondly, we need to notify our clients that the employee has left. Are we able to say what we know about prices being passed to competitors and apologise for our not winning work with them for this reason (or am I opening myself to libel).