Will a cancelled contract constitute a violation of non-compete?

I signed a non_compete agreement with my employer, but also have some clients of my own. A prospective client contacted my employer by mistake to engage my services, however cancelled the contract before any work was done or any money exchanged.

Now the prospective client wants to engage with me directly, but I am afraid my employer will argue it is a violation of the non-compete agreement with them.

Do I have the legal right to engage with this client now that their agreement with my employer was cancelled?

1 answer  |  asked Nov 9, 2011 1:52 PM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

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John Otto
How can you have a non-compete agreement and still have clients of your own? Are you permitted to do that under the contract? Unless the non-compete agreement is very unusual, I wouldn't advise you to engage with the client on the same kinds of matters that the client had originally contracted with the employer. You should certainly have a lawyer in your area look over the non-compete agreement and discuss in more detail your situation.

posted by John Otto  |  Nov 9, 2011 2:29 PM [EST]

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