We are proposing to engage a consultant but are unsure as to whether we can include post-termination restrictions as part of the contract. Please confirm whether it is possible to do so?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 5 December 2017
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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A consultant can generally be asked to enter into post-termination restrictions. In terms of enforceability, where a consultant and client will be on a more even footing than an employer and employee, the courts are less likely to consider such clauses as an unlawful restraint of trade. The way that such restrictions involving consultants are interpreted is likely to be somewhere between the way that such covenants are interpreted in an employment relationship on the one hand, and in a sale and purchase agreement on the other. If a service company is used, the restrictions will only bind the service company unless either the consultant is also a party to the agreement or enters into the

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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