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I have recently resigned from working IT company and started

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I have recently resigned from working for an IT company and started my own IT company. I have contacted some of the contacts I knew from my previous company, to let them know i'm still around and to have my contact details. I have also let them know some of the services i would be offering as they were interested. My previous employer is now seeking legal advice but I want to make sure i'm in the clear. I did not have a contract throughout my employment working for them.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Have they said what they are thinking about doing?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, They have sent an email to their clients which says:We have been made aware that two of our former employees are approaching some of our valued clients, offering IT services.We are currently seeking legal advice on the matter and would therefore appreciate it if you could make me aware of any contact you may have.Please let me know if you need more information,I have this as one of our mutual contacts forwarded it onto me. As far as I'm aware as there was no contract with a non soliciting clause they are not able to take any legal action about poaching etc

ok thanks, ***** ***** with me please, I am just leaving the office but will reply when I get home in an hour or so

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Brilliant, Thank you.

Many thanks for your patience. Your understanding of the situation is pretty much correct – without a specific contractual restriction in place it will be very difficult for them to do anything. It is certainly not illegal to approach your old clients and solicit their business or work in competition with an ex-employer. If an employer wants to prevent you from doing this they can only do it if there is a reasonable and specific restrictive covenant in the employee’s contract. Even these often rove to be unenforceable as they are too restrictive so only a reasonably drafted covenant will be legally enforceable. The only time you may be in trouble without a restrictive covenant is if you had taken away something like a tangible customer database, like files belonging to the company. But if your contacts are just people you know through your work and you just had their details or could remember their names and contact details then you are entirely free to contact them if you wanted to. The employer could be a nuisance over this, they could become threatening, involve lawyers and so on but the only way they can enforce this is by going to court and there is very little chance that they will get anything out of it.

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