I want to apply for garden leave so I can look for a role. Am I
allowed to do this and what's the likelihood it will get granted?
You certainly can ask, but don't keep your hopes up. It gives you the upside of 3 months paid leave, and downside to the company of having to pay you, but also not getting anything out of you. Hardly a fair deal.
Now if you ...
Whether to leave is dependent on the other options available
Every stay or go question is a comparison of various costs and benefits weighted for their relative risk or probability. Do you have equity? Would you need to move for another job? Are you an unusual presentation for a developer where you are which might make finding another job harder? All of ...
You can ask but it is very unlikely. The company gains nothing from having you not come to work, and they still have to pay you. Garden leave is for situations where there is an advantage to you not coming in - perhaps because your role has the potential to damage the company, or your replacement wants a clean break, or you've done something so embarrassing ...
I'm more interested to know if there are any established precedents as
to the scope of non-disparagement clauses.
Here are the precedents:
However, during these layoffs, a number of people found out that they
had lost their jobs when they received administrative ...
When should I decide that its good time to look for other
That depends, at least partially, on your goals.
If your goal is to never be unemployed, then you should be seeking your next job aggressively, in hopes to leave before the next round of layoffs.
If your goal is to stay where you are as long as possible (perhaps because of ...