If an employee sends work-related documents to their solicitor, would this breach their confidentiality obligations?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 May 2022
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Confidentiality; Work-related Documents; Employee Contracts

If an employee sends work-related documents to their solicitor, would this breach their workplace confidentiality obligations?

This will heavily depend on what the employee’s confidentiality obligations are and what is stipulated in their contract. It may also depend on the content of the work-related documents. If the work-related documents contain personal data, then we need to consider the Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulations. 

Employees are generally bound by express confidentiality obligations in their contract of employment which prevent the disclosure of confidential information such as product information, know-how and trade secrets products from

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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