Hi, I'd like some help as to whether I need to seek representation from a lawyer. I have been offered a job with a competitor and would like to take the position as it brings more scope to my professional career. I have been employed for 5 years with my current employer as a senior sales consultant and in my employment contract, there is a 3-month non-compete clause restricting me from working for the competition. As we can't financially afford this loss of income and considering the niche sales market that I work in (cosmetic injectables), I am seeking help as to the negotiation regarding payment for the 3 month time period. I am willing to adhere to the time period but I can't afford not to earn. I really don't want to challenge this in court if at all possible. Do employers pay to keep you away form working during this time under Employment Law? I have read various articles and it seems that the court has no legislation surrounding this and they have to take it on a case by case basis.