We mobilize dedicated cross-practice teams to mitigate the risk of team move disputes, enabling our clients to take quick and decisive action to protect their business.


Employees are a company's greatest asset; conversely, departing employees can create substantial operational and legal risk for businesses. The hire or departure of a team in a raid scenario, which often happens with little or no notice, can lead to several challenges for all parties, including an immediate impact on client and customer relationships, a heavily destabilized business operating in crisis mode, or a business on the receiving end of unlawful recruitment claims.

Most raided businesses do not believe they can fight back to mitigate against potential damage and obtain recompense. But quick and decisive action can protect confidential information, existing business relationships, as well as data - and, at the same time, build a case for financial redress from the competitor.


We have acted in some of the most significant team move disputes in recent years, across a range of industries for both claimants and defendants. This has included claims litigated in state and federal courts in the US, the courts of justice in Hong Kong and in the High Court and Court of Appeal in England and Wales.

For example, in 2023, we acted for the claimants in the biggest team move case in the London market in decades, resulting in a confidential settlement on the morning of trial. The public elements of the settlement included extensive court undertakings given in favor of our clients to protect their business and a public apology by our clients’ competitor for its admitted unlawful conduct.


  • Shortlisted for “Litigation Team of the Year,” The Lawyer Awards
  • "Top litigation team for employment disputes, especially High Court Injunction work”, Legal 500 UK
  • "Mayer Brown provide thorough advice and guidance tailored to us. Their detailed understanding of our business gives us a genuine reassurance that we are in good hands when it comes to difficult employment matters and complex cases."  Chambers UK
  • "They are the market leaders in Hong Kong employment with good strength across the board." Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Hong Kong
  • "...They are incredibly responsive and knowledgeable and have helped us with a number of labor issues." Legal 500 United States

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