This case in the High Court reinforces the principle that post-employment restrictions must protect a legitimate interest of the employer to be effective. This can include preventing poaching of customers or staff, and protecting confidential information. Even then, it is only likely to be enforceable if it drafted in a way that is reasonably necessary to protect that interest.

The case? Bartholomews Agri Food Ltd v Thornton [2016] EWHC 648