Breach of Confidence Cease and Desist Letter

Breach of Confidentiality Cease and Desist Letter


Often, in the course of business, one party is given access to confidential information belonging to another party. The donor of the information will usually limit the purposes for which the information can be used and the people (if any) with whom the information can be shared. We have a range of Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements and Undertakings that can be employed to regulate the use of confidential information. 

If the recipient of the confidential information misuses it, the donor will want to take steps to ensure that the misuse ceases and is not repeated. A useful first step in enforcing your rights is to send the infringing party a cease and desist letter. If this does not have the desired effect it may be necessary to take legal action.

This Breach of Confidentiality Cease and Desist Letter sets out the accusation of misuse and asks the recipient of the letter to “cease and desist” from using the confidential information without consent. There is an optional paragraph requiring the recipient to hand over any documents containing the confidential information. There is also a request for an undertaking from the recipient to desist from using the confidential information without consent.

The letter warns that other legal remedies will be pursued if a response is not received by a specified date.

Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the template.

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