High Court grants springboard injunction to prevent use of business cards

The employer applying for injunctions in Whitmar Publications Ltd v Gamage was a publisher specialising in magazines for the printing industry; the defendants were the former sales manager, senior editor and a production editor. The defendants all resigned on the same day, after which their ex-employer discovered that they were setting up a rival business. The employer asked the court for injunctions, including ‘springboard’ relief to prevent the ex-employees profiting from the use of names on business cards they had obtained while employed. This type of injunction is becoming increasingly popular in confidentiality cases (it can be used in circumstances where, as here, there are no enforceable non-compete or non-solicitation/dealing clauses) and quite often this so-called ‘interim relief’ turns out to be the employer’s main and final remedy — in this case the defendants described it as ‘a matter of life and death’ whether the injunction would or would not be granted…

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