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Balston Ltd v Headline Filters Ltd

[1990] FSR 385

Case summary last updated at 02/02/2020 16:56 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Balston Ltd v Headline Filters Ltd

D was director of a company which made filter tubes. Gave notice of termination of employment in March, which ended in July.
·       before July D was contacted by one of company’s customers, and told customer that he would be able to supply tubes in his own right after July
·       between March and July, D made preparations to manufacture tubes; bought equipment and employed some of employees of company.
C sued for breach of duty of fidelity. Held:
·       Was breach of duty of fidelity
Ø  buying equipment in preparation for starting company not breach
Ø  however canvassing of D’s customersand employment of D’s staff by C whilst still an employee was breach of duty of fidelity

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