Bellevue Law specialises in advising on employment law and helping clients resolve legal disputes through litigation, arbitration and mediation.
We have extensive experience of managing business and personal legal disputes, and recognise the disruption, stress and expense they can cause. We help clients achieve a satisfactory and cost-efficient outcome, and pride ourselves on being commercial, practical and approachable.
Our clients include multinationals, professional services firms, entrepreneurs, owner managed businesses and individuals, and we advise on matters as diverse as contractual disputes, negligence claims, shareholder disputes, fraud and defamation.
We also advise both employees and employers on a wide range of employment law issues, including the terms of employment, service and consultancy agreements, disciplinary and capability issues, termination of employment (including redundancy), discrimination and post-termination obligations.
Florence, Leigh, Alexandra, Pauline and Oliver handle all legal work themselves without delegating to less experienced lawyers. Clients always receive a responsive and attentive service from experienced specialists who know them and their business.
Florence is the founder of Bellevue Law and a solicitor specialising in litigation, dispute resolution and employment law. She trained and qualified, in 2000, at leading international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she worked for eight years, including time in the firm’s London, Brussels and Hong Kong offices, then moved to the London office of the US firm Debevoise & Plimpton prior to founding Bellevue Law.
Florence’s practice covers both commercial disputes and employment law and she has advised numerous clients, including individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs, multinational corporations and investment banks. She has acted in both large and small disputes, ranging from County Court cases and Employment Tribunal hearings to complex international arbitrations, High Court disputes and appeals to the House of Lords (now Supreme Court) and the Privy Council.
Florence was one step ahead of the game at every turn. A forensic mind coupled with invaluable measured advice meant I was able to find a resolution very quickly and with as little disruption as possible. Most importantly she was an incredible support at a stressful time – a formidable ally with an incredible mind and lots of heart.
University of Oxford: BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
University of Birmingham: Graduate Diploma in Law; Legal Practice Course (Law Society Prize)
University of Bristol: Postgraduate Diploma in International Law
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Leigh is a specialist employment lawyer who advises employers and employees on all UK HR-related matters, both contentious and non-contentious.
Leigh has advised clients around the world across a wide range of sectors, particularly within education, financial services and manufacturing and is able to advise and represent clients ranging from individuals and start-ups to major corporates, universities and global financial institutions. In addition to providing support on day-to-day HR matters, Leigh has particular experience of advising on redundancy and restructuring exercises and international assignments.
University of Oxford: BA (Hons) Jurisprudence
College of Law: Legal Practice Course
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Alexandra specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. She qualified as a solicitor in 2000, and spent 10 years working at magic circle law firm Allen & Overy before joining Bellevue Law.
Alexandra is a highly experienced commercial litigator with extensive trial experience. She has acted in numerous contractual disputes, as well as fraud claims, shareholder and joint venture disputes and injunction applications. She has experience of litigation in the County Court and High Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Belize and the Privy Council, and also has extensive arbitration experience.
Her recent experience includes representing the claimant in a High Court claim concerning the defendant’s failure to repay a substantial loan and involving complex jurisdiction, asset tracing and insolvency issues, Acting for the respondent in a property rights dispute culminating in a 3-day hearing under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.
Pauline specializes in employment law. She was originally called to the bar in 1986, and subsequently requalified as a solicitor in 1991 whilst working for City law firm Norton Rose. In 1994, she joined Denton Hall (now Dentons), a leading international firm. She became a partner in 1999 and subsequently headed up the Employment team.
In almost 30 years of experience of contentious and non-contentious employment law, Pauline has acted for a wide range of employer and employee clients in the private and public sector. These have included central and local government departments, a major investment bank, a leading concert venue, a large supermarket and numerous individuals in the media, legal, energy, arts and financial services sectors.
University of Southampton: LLB
Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course
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Oliver is a seasoned commercial litigator having spent over 10 years at Withers and Lipman Karas. He has acted for high-net-worth individuals, businesses and sovereign states; as an Italian speaker his clients have often been Italian.
Oliver’s practice has included proceedings for breach of contract, fraud, insolvency, intellectual property and injunctive relief, often involving multiple parties, foreign law and overseas proceedings. He has extensive experience of arbitration and trials at all levels as well as alternative methods of settling disputes.
At Withers Oliver gained specialist knowledge of, and experience in, art-related disputes.
I was impressed by the thoroughness with which Oliver understood our case, by the carefully considered quality of his advice, and by his diligence and efficiency in handling developments throughout the process.
University of Edinburgh: MA (Hons) Classics
College of Law, London: Graduate Diploma in Law; Legal Practice Course
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We were very impressed with your advice on our arbitration proceedings. You combined in-depth understanding of the legal issues with a highly commercial approach, and we were glad to have you on our side.
Bellevue Law can advise on a wide range of legal disputes and employment law issues
Our approach to disputes is simple: we help clients achieve a swift and fair commercial resolution, avoiding lengthy and expensive court proceedings if possible, while being ready to fight in court if necessary. We will advise you clearly of the merits of your case from the outset, and discuss the pros and cons of the various options available and the stages and likely timescales of the process. Our legal strategy will always be driven by your commercial objectives.
We advise on a wide range of legal disputes and have represented clients in claims ranging from a few hundred to several million pounds, and in courts ranging from County Courts to appellate courts as well as arbitration tribunals. We are also experienced in, and can advise and represent you in, effective and cost-effective alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation.
Our clients range from individuals to multinational corporations, and recent disputes on which our lawyers have advised include:
I would like to thank you and say how much I appreciated your excellent work on our dispute. We achieved a settlement which, I fully appreciate, was very much in our favour.
We act for both employers and employees in employment negotiations and disputes and offer advice and representation on a wide range of employment issues.
We regularly represent employees in negotiations and proceedings concerning the termination of their employment, advising on issues such as unfair and constructive dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, whistleblowing and the terms of settlement agreements.
We have a particular interest in sex discrimination claims, and are experienced at advising and representing senior female professionals from a range of industries including financial services, the media and the law on discrimination issues.
We also represent executives planning exits or team moves, including advising on post-termination restrictions and reviewing contractual terms during negotiations with new employers.
We also assist employers with a range of issues, including preparing service and employment contracts and consultancy agreements and advising on employment status, best practice employment policies and procedures, disciplinary and grievance issues as well as negotiating terms of departure for senior employees and advising on the enforcement of employees’ post-termination obligations.
Recent matters on which our lawyers have advised include:
I very much appreciate your guidance throughout what has been a very long process. Your advice, not only the law but also on tactics, has been invaluable
Bellevue Law is strongly committed to pro bono legal work.
In the past Florence and Alexandra have acted for individuals facing the death penalty in the Caribbean in their appeals to the Privy Council in London, and for UK nationals facing the death penalty in the US. Pauline previously advised at Dentons’ weekly drop-in legal advice clinic, and has worked with charities which help disadvantaged teenagers, provide education to girls in Africa and uncover corruption and environmental abuses. Oliver co-established and served as trustee of The Paradise Co-op, a charity committed to urban farming, education and community development in Wandsworth.
Additionally, Florence established and led structured pro bono schemes at both Freshfields and Debevoise, and is a current trustee of South West London Law Centres and a past trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.
Bellevue Law’s recent pro bono work has focussed on representing low paid employees facing unfair dismissal and/or sex discrimination at work.
Clear, commercial advice on our potential liabilities, which helped us finalise a major deal with an important multinational client.
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