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Barney Laurence specialises in actions involving High Court injunctions and franchise related disputes. Barney works out of the firm’s St Albans and London offices and has achieved notable success including cases in the High Court and a defining ruling in the House of Lords.

Recruitment: recent High Court case on enforcing restrictive covenants

It is all too common to see employees of recruitment companies break the law by contacting candidates or clients after leaving and joining a rival agency. Fortunately, the law is there to protect these companies against the actions of rogue former employees, and in June Sherrards helped one of its long standing  recruiter clients obtain …

Recruitment: recent High Court case on enforcing restrictive covenants

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Springboard into recruitment

Starting any business from scratch is a daunting task. It’s no different when it comes to starting a recruitment business. But it’s a darn sight easier if you’ve got a ready-made database of clients and candidates. It’s an all-too familiar scenario in the recruitment sector: a member of staff leaving to set up on his …

Springboard into recruitment

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business isn’t Business

For lawyers, words matter. A lot. And for good reason. In a recent case in the High Court, Sherrards successfully defended a claim in which a former employer in the recruitment sector was trying to punish a former employee for having had dealings with one of its customers after the employee had left and joined …

business isn’t Business

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Don’t forget the Estate Agents Act 1979

Omitting to issue written terms and conditions can prove to be a very costly mistake indeed for any estate agent.  Regardless of the circumstances, you must ensure that you follow the so-called “information requirements” contained in the relevant legislation, otherwise you put at risk your prospects of receiving your commission. At the outset of any …

Don’t forget the Estate Agents Act 1979

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Recruitment agency fee disputes: Do you abide by your own terms and conditions?

A recent case handled by Sherrards’ recruitment specialists, Barney Laurence and Hannah Jones, brought into sharp focus the importance of the client recruitment agency (“Company A”) following its own terms of business. Company A was engaged by Company B to source a candidate for a role. Company A supplied a quality candidate, whom Company B subsequently …

Recruitment agency fee disputes: Do you abide by your own terms and conditions?

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The ‘Shot across the bows’ letter

Unless you intend to – and are in a position to – follow through with formal action, think twice before sending a warning letter to an ex-employee. So-called “shot across the bows” letters are commonly sent out to warn against breaching post-termination restrictive covenants, but they invariably do little more than tip the individual off …

The ‘Shot across the bows’ letter

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