Hudson Contract, which provides payroll services for more than 1500 construction companies and 90,000 self-employed workers, took action against rival Bespoke Payroll Solutions, which admitted breach of copyright by using Hudson’s form of contract.
Bespoke offered prospective clients: “The same service as Hudson Contract, but cheaper.” It used the Hudson Contract document set, identical except for a change of company name.
Hudson Contract managing director David Jackson said: “It’s astonishing they could be so blatant. The rip-off came to light only when one of our own clients who had been approached by Bespoke Payroll Solutions raised the alarm. Our lawyer immediately advised us to seek an injunction to prevent Bespoke Payroll Solutions from unlawfully breaching our copyright by wholesale copying of our documents for commercial use.”
Bespoke Payroll Solutions, based in the West Midlands, has agreed to pay damages plus costs to Hudson Contract.