A sales manager was employed by this UK subsidiary to sell an associated French company’s products in the UK market. The manager did not act in accordance with the French Group’s marketing strategy. Tensions between him and his French colleagues increased when this individual became disengaged and refused to comply with reasonable directions.
There was a pressure to terminate his employment, but also ensure that the business would not be destabilised by the departure of an individual in such a central key strategic role. Nick Hobden and Alexander Millward were brought on to advise and created a strategy to ensure that the post-termination restrictive covenants that the individual would be subject to were fit for purpose, in return for a reasonable sum of money paid to the sales manager to leave his employment.