Linklaters LLP & Anor v Mellish [2019]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    EWHC 177 (QB)
  • Legal Body
    England and Wales High Court (EWHC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Contracts of Employment
Issues covered: Application for Injunction; Disclosure of Confidential Information; Duty of Confidentiality; Right to Freedom of Expression; Public Interest; Rights of Third Parties

This case concerned an urgent application for an injunction to restrain an ex-employee from disclosing information obtained from and relating to his employment. The information was highly confidential in nature and was protected by express duties of confidence as outlined in his contract of employment.


The defendant, a former director in the multi-national law firm Linklaters LLP, was dismissed with six months' notice with an ex gratia payment. Clause 10 of his contract of employment included an express obligation of confidentiality. Prior to leaving he warned that he intended to "share his impressions of the current culture at Linklaters" with particular reference to what he called

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This article is correct at 15/02/2019

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