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All posts by Gemma Newing

A Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, the majority of Gemma’s work is in the High Court, Chancery (including Bankruptcy and Companies Courts) and Queen’s Bench Divisions.Gemma handles a full range of commercial contract and company disputes, including injunctions, restrictive covenant disputes, shareholder and director disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions), minority shareholder disputes, company restorations by way of court and administrative restorations, and banking litigation.Gemma is developing her practice in civil fraud and asset recovery and also heads up the firm’s Commercial Debt Recovery Unit. She advises clients on recovering debts, which includes County Court/High Court and insolvency proceedings, together with the enforcement of judgments, both in and outside of the jurisdiction.

Invalidated non-compete clause: the Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd Judgment.

What was this case about? Ms Tillman began her employment with Egon Zehnder (EZ) in 2004, pursuant to a written contract of employment.  The contract included (as you would expect) post-termination restrictive covenants, which provided: “You shall not, during the course of your employment, directly or indirectly, hold or have any interest in, any shares …

Invalidated non-compete clause: the Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd Judgment.

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Changes ahead for debt recovery against individuals

With effect from 1 October 2017 a new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims will come into force.  The new protocol comes as part of the ever increasing encouragement from the Courts for parties to engage in constructive communications with one another, and possibly even pre-action ADR, as well as exchanging information with one another, before …

Changes ahead for debt recovery against individuals

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A six-step guide to protect your business against breach of restrictive covenants

Breaches of employment contracts happen every day – being vigilant and making employment contracts water tight is critical.  St Albans dispute resolution solicitor Gemma Newing provides a six-step guide to protecting your business. 1. Seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity  The relationship between your employees and your customers is key to the success of …

A six-step guide to protect your business against breach of restrictive covenants

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Is an employee breaching the restrictive covenants in their employment contract and destroying your business in the process?

So what happens when an employee leaves for a competitor taking not only a database of clients, but also confidential information about the company’s products? We all think it won’t happen to us, but unfortunately the litigation team (as well as colleagues in the employment law team) see this happening quite regularly – let me …

Is an employee breaching the restrictive covenants in their employment contract and destroying your business in the process?

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Creditors bankruptcy petitions– A change is going to come

Changes to the Personal Insolvency debt threshold have recently been announced which are due to come into effect in October 2015.  The proposed changes would mark a significant shift in the options available to creditors pursuing debtors for relatively small debts, and have received mixed views. How the land lies currently The current system entitles …

Creditors bankruptcy petitions– A change is going to come

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Limits on assistance to foreign insolvency court

In this post, international commercial litigator Steven Loble discusses recent case, Singularis Holdings Ltd. v PricewaterhouseCoopers, in which the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, which is the ultimate court of appeal for UK overseas territories and Crown dependencies, and for some Commonwealth countries, set out the limits of a court’s power to assist in obtaining evidence …

Limits on assistance to foreign insolvency court

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