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I am thinking of starting a new job and got the contract

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Hello! I am thinking of starting a new job and got the contract today. It has a very extensive non-compete clause that really worries me. How can I check that this is even fair/ lawful?
JA: How long does the non-compete last? Is it limited to certain area or industry?
Customer: 3 months
JA: Where are you located? Non-compete laws vary by location.
Customer: in England
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Customer: it says for 3 months anywhere in the UK that which develops, manufactures or markets products or performs services which are competitive with or similar to the products or services that are not only available but also under development or in planning during the 12 months preceding the date of termination. This is in the IT industry.
Hello, I hope you are well. My name is***** am a solicitor advocate and  I will be assisting you with your question today. I am very sorry to hear of the problem you are experiencing and I will do my best to help you with this matter. 

Customer: replied 9 days ago.

In many job roles these days employees do include restrictive covenants for hen employees leave, these are there to protect the employer, and their customers, accounts and works.

Restrictive covenants are legal and allowed. Normally many employers would put a time frame of 6 months, and in some cases 12 months.

3 months time period is actually a short period of time and ver reasonable.

Ultimately, the prospective employee has the option of either accepting the covenants in the contract, or mot taking the job.

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