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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Have you now left this employment and if possible, please copy and paste the exact wording of the covenants you are referring to?
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Many thanks for your patience. The restrictions could potentially still be valid but the key is whether they are still considered reasonable, judging by the time when they were entered into. So if they were introduced years ago for a job which was completely different than what you do now, a court would look at how relevant they still are to your current job, based on what they were trying to protect back then, at the start.
Have a look at this case which deals with just this type of situation and it may provide more detail about your situation:
Does this answer your query?
Hi there, whether the original contract is still valid is a question only a court can answer. There is nothing specific in law which states that if there is a major change the whole contract becomes void. It is entirely possible for parts of the contract to continue with each change ad only the specific parts relating to the changes to be replaced. As you can see from that case, the contract did continue even thought he job had changed, the it was only a question of whether the restrictions in it are still enforceable taking into account what the changes were. Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
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