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Can you keep a secret? A guide to protecting your business secrets (A Cambridge Network Event)

Start date/time :  08:30 19th July 2016
End date/time :  10:15 19th July 2016
Venue :  Barclays Eagle Labs, 28 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AZ
Organiser name :  Becky Dodds
Organiser email :
Organiser tel :  01223 7610102

In this workshop Claire Sleep and James Tarling from Ashtons Legal will be providing guidance for you on practical steps that your business can take to protect your business secrets from misuse and abuse whether from employees, former employees, suppliers, competitors or others.

Often the key value in any business, but particularly growing technology companies, is in its confidential information and trade secrets. A greater understanding of the rights that you have in such information and some of the simple steps that can be taken to protect it can be critical to the future success of your business. In today’s business market as employees are more mobile and stay with companies for shorter periods of time, it is more important than ever for businesses to protect their confidential information from being exploited by competitors.

Do you understand the effect of all the confidentiality agreements you sign? Are you confident that the restrictions imposed on your employees and suppliers are effective? Can we ever enforce such restrictions? Are confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants even worth the paper that they are written on? Are you alive to the challenges posed by social media following termination of employment?

In this practical workshop, Claire and James, will help you answer these questions and guide you through practical steps and common errors made by businesses in protecting their business secrets. They will look in particular at:

What information can be protected and what cannot
Drafting enforceable restrictions in employment contracts
The risks in “standard” documents
How to respond to misuse of your confidential information
The potential consequences of breaching someone else’s confidential information
Database rights and managing data protection issues


08:30am Registration and networking over coffee and bacon rolls

08:45am Speakers:

Claire Sleep and James Tarling, Ashtons Legal

09:45am Further networking

10:15am Event closes

Claire Sleep practices employment law and is a Partner who heads up the Cambridge Employment Team at Ashtons Legal. James Tarling is a partner in the corporate commercial team who specialises in helping technology clients growing their businesses. Both Claire and James are experienced in working with employers to provide practical guidance on protecting their confidential information and trade secrets.

To attend:

Any Cambridge Network member may attend. There is a small charge of £15+VAT for members. Please register on the Cambridge Network website link. Non-members may also attend this session at a fee of £25+VAT, or they may wish to join for £50+VAT and come along to many other networking events for free and breakfast events at the member rate.

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Organisation:  Cambridge Network