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Business protection


All businesses are becoming increasingly exposed to their confidential information being disclosed and their intellectual property rights being breached due to the advance of mobile ‘smart’ devices and social media. It is therefore more important than ever that businesses take steps to safeguard their confidential information and to protect their intellectual property. Our experienced team can help with this. We can advise on:

  • The use of non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses;
  • Protecting your intellectual property;
  • Restrictive covenants;
  • Injunctions and breach of contract claims; and
  • Policies you can introduce to help regulate the use of email, devices and social media.

For clients who take our employment insurance we can also offer insurance for the pursuit and defence of restrictive covenants. This will cover:

a) A dispute with your employee, ex-employee or another party which arises from your employee or ex-employee’s breach of a restrictive covenant where you are seeking
financial remedy or damages provided that the restrictive covenant:

i) is designed to protect your legitimate business interests, and

ii) is evidenced in writing and signed by your employee or ex-employee and

iii) extends no further than is reasonably necessary to protect the business interests and

iv) does not contain restrictions in excess of 12 months.

b) A dispute with another party who alleges that you have breached their legal rights protected by a restrictive covenant.


  • "Hay and Kilner Solicitors consistently demonstrate business empathy and understand our business needs from our perspective. The team has a great blend of intelligent lawyers with friendly attitudes."

    - Client of the Employment Team

  • "Sarah Furness provides excellent, no-nonsense employment advice." "Sarah told us the possible outcomes and the strength of the case, and she shared all the details in an open and amicable style. I can't speak any more highly of her." "Sarah Furness delivers advice on a range of employment matters. Clients say that she responds quickly, gets straight to the point and keeps you focused and guided as to what the issue is and where it's heading." "Sarah Furness is an extremely approachable solicitor who will always listen to clients and inform them of how to apply the law to any given situation."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "Sarah Hall is 'always quick to respond, and gives guidance and clarity to complex problems', according to clients. She is noted for her expertise in providing employment support for disposals, acquisitions and TUPE transfers."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "They respond very quickly to your needs and fundamentally understand where you're coming from. You tell them a scenario and they grasp it straight away. They respond with the advice you need to get the results you need."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "The individuals in the practice work with you in a team capacity. I can bounce ideas off them, they deal with things very quickly and they are approachable and helpful. I find that the quality of the advice is good."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "An absolutely exemplary team. They are understanding, direct, open, honest and give good advice. I'd recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "Hay & Kilner is valued for its ‘quick’ responses and ‘business-focused, jargon-free advice’. It has recently been active in relation to redundancy and TUPE matters, as well as advising on grievances, disciplinary issues and discrimination issues. Sarah Hall is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’ and, in common with department head Neil Dwyer and Sarah Furness, takes a ‘practical approach’."

    - The Legal 500

  • "This team provides invaluable advice to clients on the whole gamut of employment law, including handling redundancies, advocacy at tribunal level and contracts for agents. Sources Say: 'Looking after the client is at the centre of everything they do."

    - Chambers Guide