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Monday 20 February 2017

Bewley's takes court action to enforce contract

Published 02/05/2015 | 02:30

Bewley’s on Grafton Street
Bewley’s on Grafton Street

Bewley's has taken legal action in an effort to prevent a former senior executive from starting a role with rival Java Republic until a six-month non-compete clause has expired.

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Bewley's is understood to have warned former regional sales manager Sean Francis against starting a new job with Java Republic, drawing his attention to the non-compete clause in its contract.

Solicitors for Bewley's informed both Java Republic and Mr Francis earlier this week that it intended to make an application to the High Court yesterday for an injunction against both parties to prevent Mr Francis from commencing employment with Java Republic.

In an affidavit submitted to the High Court, Bewley's sales director, Jason Doyle, claimed that in his role at Bewley's, Mr Francis had overseen a sales territory in Leinster that's worth €10m a year to the company, and which has 2,500 customers.

Mr Doyle claimed that in his role at Bewley's, Mr Francis was in possession of "highly commercial confidential sensitive information".

There is no suggestion that Mr Francis would convey such information to a new employer.

Following appearances at the High Court yesterday morning, Bewley's said that "satisfactory undertakings" had been made and it is understood that the issue is back for mention on Tuesday.

"Satisfactory undertakings were given to the High Court, and the matter is back before the High Court on Tuesday," said Bewley's in a statement. "We do not wish to comment on the matter further."

Irish Independent

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