Unfortunately, if you don’t make use of an NDA, you will need to rely on the law of confidence to protect your trade secrets, which is far from ideal.
To successfully bring a claim, you will need to show that the information had a necessary quality of confidence, that the idea was disclosed to the potential defendant in circumstances where an obligation of confidence can be assumed, and that there has been unauthorised use of the information. All three elements can be difficult to prove.
You can easily find a large selection of template confidentiality agreements or NDAs online. We always caution against using these because each situation where vital information, documents, designs, or physical items are being disclosed is different. A tailored agreement drafted by a specialist NDA lawyer that both you and other involved parties fully understand is recommended, especially given what’s at stake.
That’s where we come in. Our team can advise whether you need an agreement and then draft a document perfectly tailored to your situation. We’ll do our utmost to legally protect you from the disclosure or theft of confidential information, but we can provide further support in the event of a breach of contract.
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If you need a team of experienced and cost-effective NDA lawyers to draft or review a confidentiality agreement, we’re a good choice. Typically, we help companies of all shapes and sizes to produce either one-way or two-way confidentiality agreements for:
We have a rich, long history as one of the UK’s most renowned intellectual property specialists. Our expertise across all areas of intellectual property (IP) means we can quickly get a firm grip on the issues surrounding your confidential information. This allows our solicitors to provide clear advice without it costing you the earth.
We can enforce your rights in the case of an NDA breach, unlawful disclosure, or theft of confidential information.
Our confidentiality agreement lawyers have years of experience in acting for businesses to prevent the theft of sensitive and valuable information and data by competitors and employees alike.
Often, fast and decisive action is required to ensure your business and its competitive edge is maintained. We can help you prevent and track cases of theft, and we can also help you successfully secure effective remedies.
If you’ve experienced a breach of an NDA or you need help protecting your rights, then please get in touch with our team today.
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A confidentiality agreement, also commonly referred to as a non-disclosure agreement (NDA, for short), is a legal contract between two parties, which agrees to the sharing of confidential information. Depending on the particulars of the agreement, at least one (and sometimes both) of the parties must keep the shared information secret.
A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is important because it helps protect sensitive information. Businesses can share valuable data and information with third parties in confidence, knowing they are legally protected should a breach of contract occur.
With that in mind, it’s vital that any parties entering into a non-disclosure agreement are clear on what is (and is not) covered. Resolving any ambiguities and expertly tailoring the agreement to a company’s exact requirements can help avoid potential problems further down the line. This is one reason why it’s a good idea to seek legal support when drafting an NDA, and not just rely on a template.
There is no limit on how long a confidentiality agreement can last. However, the majority of agreements are time-bound and typically last between 3-5 years.
It’s important to consider how long you need an agreement to last for, as it may not be beneficial to either party to have an indefinite arrangement.
Similarly, it should be clear what happens after the contract comes to an end. Doing so can help protect key and valuable information despite the conclusion of the agreement.
A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) can cover:
Meanwhile, an NDA cannot cover:
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