Springboard injunctions were recently granted in favour of two employers in the cases of QBE Management Services (UK) Ltd v Dymoke and Others 2012 AER 156 and Clear Edge UK Ltd and Another v Elliot and Others 2011 EWHC 3376.  In each case the High Court granted a springboard injunction pending a speedy trial restraining employees from joining a competitor where there had been an arguable breach of fiduciary duties and to avoid the competitor gaining the benefit of an unfair competitive advantage. 

Key Point: Evidence of wiped laptops, diary entries and memory sticks destroyed coupled with months of concealed unlawful conduct did not help the defendant employees.