We have years of experience helping large, multinational institutions and SMEs protect their confidential information and trade secrets. We understand the time-sensitive nature of situations involving the loss or misuse of confidential and commercially sensitive information and our clients trust us to act quickly.

Confidentiality disputes often arise when where there is a competitive threat, such as the departure of a trusted employee, the loss of a contract or the termination of a collaboration or licensing agreement. We have acted on a wide variety of disputes arising from those scenarios and others, involving confidentiality in product designs, development plans, market strategy, pricing information, internal costs, customer lists and software source code.

In addition, we have a deep understanding of confidentiality issues relating to data loss, from data protection to copyright and database rights and employment law.

We regularly advise technology-rich clients about the use of arbitration to govern contracts relating to trade secrets, licences and joint development agreements, in order to help them preserve confidentiality.

In the context of litigation, we work with clients to prevent disclosures of sensitive information or to minimise the risk that litigation is used by a competitor to gain commercial insights.

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Angela Fouracre

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Experience

Defending one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies against a claim that it had misused confidential know-how from a potential collaborator

Acting for a leading pharmaceutical company in a claim against a competitor for misuse of confidential information relating to manufacturing processes of a drug product

Defending a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise against a claim regarding an alleged breach of a contractual undertaking which protected the know-how behind a chemical process

Acting for an IT company that had engaged in merger discussions with a competitor to recover its business plan and product design documents

Defending an IT company in proceedings relating to misuse of a customer list, including defending an injunction for delivery up of the material

Acting for an insurance company to recover customer confidential information and to engage with the FCA