First of all I am not after legal advice. This is a bit TL;DR but I have a summary at the bottom, I'm explaining it all so people can offer insightful advise.
I need to explain my present situation to explain why I've decided to go the route that I have. I have recently been asked to find another job, due to the local economy struggling. I haven't been sacked but the cause is due to my present employer no longer being able to afford to employ me full time.
I looked for jobs for a while but there is very little around, particularly for the level that I'm at, and I don't want just another job that I'm not going to find challenging or enjoy.
My current position sees me work as an architect and software manager. The vast majority of work is internal, but I do a little external consulting for my employer.
I've decided to go out on my own as a consultant / contractor. I already have quite a fair bit of work lined up. But while I establish my business I need to make money to support my family. The eventual outcome is to monetize some products, but product development takes time.
My current employer has offered me part-time employment with them. They are primarily a retail operation although since my employment have moved extensively into web work (mainly CMS-based sites) and to a lesser extent, programming, which is where I come in. This is undertaken both on a consulting basis as well as several internal projects. There is also a very large IT support business. The software development is largely ancillary although there is a large focus on (basic) web development. Software development will largely stop when I leave, if not completely
Conflict of Interest
If I take up the part time role I need to have a contract written about conflict of interest. I will see a lawyer for legal advise however I need to know what to allow myself.
Working as a consultant as well as for a company doing software part time, I can think of the following areas to define in the contract to allow myself to operate:
- When I work for them, I am employed by them and will not publicise or disclose my own business details
- I will not, outside of work, pursue their clients offering services
- They will not own any right to anything I produce whilst I am not employed by them
- If an existing client approaches me from their own research then it is fair game
- If they have a client leaving then I am entitled to work for them, and to either approach them or have them approach me
Can you think of any other areas to approach my lawyers with that I have missed?
I want to allow my business to grow and flourish and to protect myself.
Case in point - one client of theirs has told me they want me to do their work, and it was unsolicited.