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MacAdams Law Firm
205 Gladwin Centre
2955 Gladwin Road
Abbotsford, BC V2T 5T4, Canada
Tel:  604-850-1675
Toll free: 1-877-269-1274
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Competition Agreements


Competition agreements, also known as non-compete agreements or restrictive covenant clauses, are increasingly popular parts of employment contracts being used and enforced by all types of businesses throughout British Columbia. At MacAdams Law Firm, based in Abbotsford, we have experience helping employees and employers navigate how to use competition agreements effectively.

Non-competition agreements and restrictive covenants can be beneficial to employers if properly drafted. However, employment law in this area is complex and there are strict rules regarding the enforceability of competition agreements and what violates public policy. Therefore, when dealing with drafting or interpreting restrictive covenants and non-competition agreements it is very important to seek competent legal counsel. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

Comprehensive Counsel For Employees And Employers

Non-competition clauses and restrictive covenants can be used to effectively protect an employer's legitimate interests, including:

  • Prevent an employee from disclosing trade secrets such as technology, processes or other information vital to the operation, competitiveness and profitability of a company
  • Restricting former employees from establishing competing businesses
  • Limiting who an employee can work for in the future, such as competitors
  • Prohibiting an employee or former employee from soliciting the employer's customers

We can help employers draft non-competition clauses and restrictive covenants in their employment contracts that are not so far-reaching that they could be seen as an unreasonable "restraint on trade." We also know how to carefully draft appropriate clauses or contracts that are enforceable, but set limits on geographic restrictions, the period of time one cannot compete with the employer and the extent that any particular activity is prohibited.

When companies work with us, we make sure to limit the language of these agreements so that an employee's general ability to practice his or her trade or profession will not be found to be unreasonable and contrary to public policy and the agreement deemed null and void. Our counsel is designed to help prevent this kind of employment litigation, but we also help employers who are facing these kinds of lawsuits once they have been filed.

If you are an employee, it is in your best interest to consult with our knowledgeable employment lawyer before you sign any competition clause, agreement or employment contract. We can help review the contract in its entirety to see whether it is too restrictive in nature. We can also help negotiate any changes and seek clarification about any terms of your employment or departure, including severance compensation.

Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Needs

To learn more about your rights and how we can help you with your legal situation, contact MacAdams Law Firm to schedule a consultation by calling toll free 1-877-269-1274.