Thanks. So if your contract specifically prohibits you from doing private work but you go ahead and do so anyway then there are two separate potential outcomes. One is to be dealt with under misconduct and internal disciplinary procedures, the other under breach of contract, which can potentially be taken through the civil courts.
The misconduct matter is relatively straightforward in a sense that the worst possible outcome of that is a dismissal.
The breach of contract is somewhat more complex but I should be able to explain it in an understandable fashion…I hope. Basically by going against the restriction you could be acting in breach of contract. A breach of contract allows the wronged party to pursue the one in breach for that and for any losses incurred as a result of that breach. They cannot penalise you – so they cannot just impose a financial penalty for it if they have not suffered losses from it. However, if they have incurred losses, for example you did work which affected their business, like acting in competition, or your work with them suffered as a result of you not showing your full attention to their work, then these are potential quantifiable losses which they could consider pursuing you for. However, they would have to justify that these have actually been incurred so some evidence will be required on their part.
One final option is an injunction, where they get a court order forcing you to stop doing such work, but this would be difficult to get so the above two outcomes are the worst repercussions you may have to face.
I hope this has answered your query. I would be grateful if you could please take a second to leave a positive rating (3, 4 or 5 stars) as that is an important part of our process and recognises the time I have spent assisting you. If you need me to clarify anything before you go - please get back to me on here and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you