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Trade Secrets, Data and Confidential Information Disputes

If your sensitive or confidential business information has been stolen, leaked or misused, we can help you to limit the damage, defend your position and secure your future.

Confidential aspects of your products or services, or the unique way you deliver them, set you apart from competitors. Confidential information is the life blood of your business, whether it is in the form of databases, client lists, formulas, models, algorithms or manufacturing techniques, they all contribute to your competitive advantage and you businesses DNA.

Competitors that acquire this information can damage your financial position and your reputation by using your hard work to their advantage.

SA Law can help to protect your position in situations where valuable or sensitive commercial information has been stolen, leaked or misused. We can apply for an urgent injunction to prevent people sharing the information with others, or using it for their own gain.

Unfortunately, many confidential information disputes arise because of employee actions, whether malicious or inadvertent. Our extensive employment expertise enables us to advise you on the drafting and the enforcing of restrictive covenants and confidentially clauses. Which are vital tools for protecting your business.

If you have been accused of taking or using confidential information in breach of contractual obligations it is important to take advice quickly so as to ensure that the matter does not escalate unnecessarily. There are things that you can do which will prevent litigation.

How we help you

  • Once we understand the situation, we identify the scope of the potential damage, and give you options for addressing it.
  • We can assess the information handling and confidentiality clauses in the contract, and check they are sufficiently well-drafted to be enforceable by a court.
  • Contact us before you share sensitive information with a potential business partner, and we can protect it with a formal non-disclosure agreement. We can also act swiftly if any of its terms are broken or put at risk.

It’s good to bear in mind...

  • Make sure that your organisation has a clear confidential information policy and that all employment contracts include confidentiality obligations.,
  • If you are sharing confidential information with a third party ensure that you enter into a non-dosclosure agreement.
  • Courts tend to view competition as a good thing, so be prepared to build a strong case for granting an injunction. We can help you achieve this.
  • Act swiftly as the Court can refuse to grant an injunction if you leave it too long to bring your claim.
  • Acting immediately also helps to prevent future breaches by demonstrating you understand the value of your commercial information, and the need to protect it.

Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team
Rob Ryall
Robert Ryall
Partner | Joint Head of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Tracy Lacey-Smith
Tracy Lacey-Smith
Partner | Joint Head of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Tom Lawrence
Tom Lawrence
Partner | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Nat Young
Nat Young
Senior Associate | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Simon Walsh
Simon Walsh
Senior Associate | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Clare Mackay
Clare Mackay
Associate | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Helen Young
Helen Young
Solicitor | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Charlotte Dennington-Day
Charlotte Dennington-Day
Solicitor | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Charlie Cheshire
Charlie Cheshire
Legal Secretary | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Shabnam Railey
Shabnam Railey
Legal Secretary | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Sarah Howe
Sarah Howe
Legal Secretary | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

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Atousa Saddighzadeh
Trainee Solicitor | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

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Alice Simpson
Trainee Solicitor | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

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