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Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers [2014] EWCA Civ 1373

Court of Appeal upholds injunction to prevent employee working with competitor

Injunctions for specific performance are notoriously difficult to enforce. In Sunrise Brokers LLP v Rodgers, the Court of Appeal upheld an injunction requiring Mr Rodgers from starting work with EOX, a competitor company for the remainder of his notice period (ten months) even though he had purported to leave summarily.

Mr Rodgers, a derivatives broker, had told his employer, Sunrise, he was leaving immediately and did not return to work. Sunrise withheld his pay and their solicitors wrote to him noting that it did not accept his resignation as he did not terminate his employment in accordance with his contractual terms and he remained employed. 

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