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Non-compete provisions for the term of employment are not regarded ‘restrictive covenants’ under Indian law. However, having such provisions applicable after a person leaves the organisation is against the Indian Contract Act, and, therefore, not enforceable. Enforce ability of non-compete obligations on consultants is debatable. The expression ‘lawful professional’ used in Section 27 has been interpreted to include both consultants and employees. Therefore, a consultant who agrees to provide services to a single client on a full-time basis could be subject to non-compete obligations.