Team moves – potentially great news if you are the recruiting employer, rather more damaging if you’re the employer about to lose your big hitters. Either way you are likely to need strategic employment advice in the context of the move to shore up your position. Our specialist employment lawyers are recognised experts in advising on the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants and enforcement strategies.

We are very experienced in negotiating on team moves and regularly obtain and defend applications for High Court injunctions to enforce post-termination restrictions, confidentiality and intellectual property provisions. We always carefully evaluate our clients’ priorities to ensure we can provide advice on a range of strategic and commercial options available in the circumstances.

We offer our clients a legal risk management service, Targeting Talent. This provides a ‘traffic light’ risk assessment of the contractual restrictions applicable to a target recruitment candidate. We offer guidance on how to progress the recruitment process, while minimising exposure to legal risk.

Areas of focus

Our team has experience with team moves and post-termination restrictions that includes the following:

  • Advising on high-profile team moves for national and global teams.
  • Obtaining, and defending applications for, High Court injunctions to enforce post-termination restrictions.
  • Risk assessment and legal advice through our Targeting Talent service.

Due to the sensitive nature of our work in this area, some of the examples below have been anonymised.

Advising a major insurer on two separate team moves involving London and global teams in the insurance sector.

Advising Italian business JAL Group Italia on a team move and successfully obtaining an injunction to prevent competition by former employees.

Assisting one of the world's largest independent insurance brokers in defending threatened injunctive action in respect of the recruitment of individuals to its employee benefits group and successfully avoiding threatened High Court litigation against the company and individuals joining it.

Advising a cosmetics manufacturer on an injunction for breach of fiduciary duties and severance arrangements for a director and a 50 per cent shareholder.

Advising a financial advisory firm on the recruitment of a competitor’s trading team, who were subject to various restrictive covenants.

Advising a senior executive on deferred compensation schemes, restrictive covenants, and strategy regarding exit and establishing a new firm.

Advising a team in relation to a move from one financial services provider to another.

Meet the team
Headshot of Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
Luke Bowery

Luke Bowery Partner

  • Employment
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
  • Equality, Diversity and Discrimination
Headshot of Chris Seaton

Chris Seaton Senior Partner

  • Senior Partner
  • Employment
  • Partnerships
Headshot of Katie Russell

Katie Russell Partner

  • Employment
  • Financial Services
  • Sport

What others say...

They are an extremely personable team. They enable us to feel secure.

Legal 500 2024

Key contact

Headshot of Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Partner

  • Head of Employment
  • TUPE: Business Transfers and Outsourcing
  • Restructuring and Redundancy
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