The salesman had worked for the company for almost 14 years and was responsible for a portfolio of clients worth £3 million annually. However, following his resignation, it was discovered that he had downloaded swathes of highly confidential customer information and used it for his own commercial benefit. Following his departure, he had also breached non-solicitation clauses in his contract.
In ordering him to pay the company £290,099, the High Court found his evidence unreliable and evasive. He had deliberately and dishonestly sought to cover his tracks and his sworn statements to the Court were demonstrably untrue. He was also ordered to pay almost £70,000 in legal costs.