Ryanair DAC v Peter Bellew [2019]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
    IEHC 907
  • Legal Body
    High Court of Ireland (IEHC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Contracts of Employment
Issues covered: Post-employment restrictive covenants; Restraint of Trade; Enforceability


The within judgment is the culmination of an eight-day trial in the High Court before Allen J in December 2019 further to an application by Ryanair Limited (as it then was) (‘the Company’) for an order of specific performance of Mr Peter Bellew’s (‘the Defendant’) contract of employment - specifically the post-employment restrictive covenants therein -and an injunction preventing him from commencing employment with a rival airline, easyJet, for a period of twelve months post the termination of his employment with the Company. The Defendant was employed as the Company’s Chief Operations Officer (‘COO’) until his resignation took effect on 31 December 2019.

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This article is correct at 29/01/2020

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Alan Haugh BL
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