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The history of restrictive covenant law begins with the apprenticeship system in pre-industrial England. In the earliest cases, masters had attempted to prevent competition from their apprentices following the apprenticeship period, through the use of agreements not to practice for a set period of time. British courts uniformly struck down such agreements as against public policy, arguing that enforced idleness is detrimental to both the individual apprentice and to society. In the most famous such case, The Dyer’s Case (1414), the court held that the apprentice’s covenant not to practice his trade in London for 2 years following his apprenticeship was void regardless of its terms. Given that the apprentice was trained only in a single particular skill and had limited mobility, the court determined that a restrictive covenant violated his right to livelihood and constituted a wrongful attempt to prolong subservience.

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