He may be committing some kind of fraud if he is (dictionary definition) making a “false representation by means of a statement or conduct made knowingly or recklessly in order to gain the material advantage.” Sending over the usually inflated quote and then emailing privately is bordering on fraud. I think it’s unlikely the police would be interested but worth mentioning. A letter from your solicitor saying that you intend to refer this matter to the police as a matter of fraud would not do any harm
What you have here however is a total breakdown of trust between employer and employee and gross misconduct. You would be entitled to terminate his employment without notice but he is still entitled to be given the reason for the dismissal in writing, and to be paid salary to date and accrued holidays. Academic really because he has now left.
There was a case recently where a financial adviser took a list of clients and set up his own business using that list. He was charged with theft and prosecuted and ordered to pay £10,000 compensation. You have a case if you can prove that the employee took something.
There is no intellectual property in the clients name and address, the intellectual property is in the list or material on which that data is held and in the data itself. Rather an odd concept to get your head round.
If you could he took something from you, their there is a restrictive covenant in his employment contract preventing him from working for someone else there in the same field for the period of time, you can apply to court for an injunction to stop him trading in the short term at least. Restrictive covenants in employment contracts are not particularly easy to enforce.
In conclusion, there are things that you can potentially do but it’s not particularly easy.
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