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About

Bellevue Law

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 Brocklesby, Principal

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.

Her recent experience includes advising numerous employers and employees on negotiated exits of senior executives including directors and shareholders, advising senior employees and LLP members on their rights and obligations on moving to competitors and advising on successful appeals against clients’ dismissals.

Florence has also recently acted for a defendant to passing off and copyright infringement proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court proceedings and a claimant employer in a High Court team move dispute. She is experienced in alternative dispute resolution and has represented several clients in successful mediation of their disputes.

In addition to her legal practice, Florence has taught contract law, tort and civil and commercial litigation at graduate level. She is a trustee of South West London Law Centres and is committed to pro bono work, having previously acted for clients facing the death penalty in the Caribbean and USA and in relation to the Guantanamo Military Commissions.

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.


Education

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 Edgar, Senior Consultant

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.

 

Leigh trained, and qualified in 2001, at Gouldens (now Jones Day). Moving to Hong Kong in 2006, she worked for Simmons & Simmons’ award winning employment law practice for over 3 years during which time she qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong. On returning to the UK, Leigh joined the Human Resources Practice Group at Eversheds LLP (now Eversheds Sutherland International LLP) where she worked for 5 years.

 

Education

University of Oxford: BA (Hons) Jurisprudence
College of Law: Legal Practice Course

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Alexandra Key, Senior Consultant

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.

Education

University of Cambridge: LLM (Hons) (First Class)
Nottingham Law School: Legal Practice Course

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E alexandra@bellevuelaw.co.uk

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Pauline McArdle, Senior Consultant

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.

Pauline acts for both employers and employees. Her recent experience includes acting for employees with sex and age discrimination claims, advising senior employees and partners on their rights and obligations on exit and in their new roles and advising a departing employee in respect of allegations that he had unlawfully retained his former employer’s confidential information. Pauline also has experience of advising on the UK employment law rights of individuals based abroad. She has recently advised employer clients on disciplinary action and the enforcement of restrictive covenants against a departing employee.

Pauline has extensive recent experience of advising clients in the financial services, legal, energy and media sectors.

 

Education

University of Southampton: LLB
Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course

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E pauline@bellevuelaw.co.uk

Oliver Stokes, Senior Consultant

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.

Oliver’s recent experience includes acting for a claimant in an international, multi-million Euro, arbitration and for an employer claimant in High Court proceedings arising from a team move. He has also advised an individual client on the terms and effect of a multi-million pound freezing order, represented a luxury service provider on the settlement of a commercial dispute and advised on the breakdown of business relationships, including parties’ rights as shareholders and employees.

Oliver is also able to advise employees on the terms and effect of settlement agreements on the termination of employment.

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.


Education

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.

Services

Bellevue Law can advise on a wide range of legal disputes and employment law issues

Legal disputes

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:

  • Representing the claimant lender in High Court proceedings for the recovery of a loan of almost £1 million. The matter involved issues of jurisdiction, asset tracing and insolvency
  • Acting for the defendant company in a claim for passing off and copyright infringement in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the successful mediation of the dispute
  • Representing the claimant in the international arbitration of a multi-million Euro construction dispute
  • Acting for the respondent in property rights dispute culminating in a 3-day hearing under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • Advising and representing numerous clients in disputes with former business partners, including shareholder, partnership and share options disputes
  • Advising the directors of a company on their rights and obligations under personal guarantees provided to the company’s lender and negotiating terms of settlement of the lender’s claims against them
  • Advising a luxury services provider on the successful settlement of a dispute with clients
  • Advising an individual client on the terms and effect of a multi-million pound worldwide freezing order
  • Advising a multinational company on successful negotiations for the recovery of funds held in escrow
  • Acting for a legal services provider in a claim for payment of unpaid fees, resulting in 100% recovery
  • Acting for a multinational company in its defence of a contractual arbitration claim brought by a supplier
  • Acting for a retail business in a franchise dispute, culminating in successful settlement of the claim via mediation
  • Acting for numerous claimants and defendants in disputes as to the quality of goods and services provided, including professional and construction services and luxury goods and services

 

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.

Employment

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:

For employees

  • Representing numerous senior executives in the financial services, legal, recruitment, energy, arts, fashion, media and consumer industries in unfair dismissal and sex and age discrimination claims, including in relation to issues arising during pregnancy and maternity leave and on making flexible working applications
  • Advising senior employees in the media, legal, consulting, financial services, technology and commodities industries on negotiated exits, including advising on clients’ legal rights and obligations and negotiating terms of departure with employers
  • Advising a number of clients on successful appeals against the termination of their employment
  • Advising individuals working abroad for UK based companies on their UK employment law rights
  • Advising several senior executives in the financial services, property, legal and consulting industries on the proposed terms of contracts with new employers and/or partnership agreements, including financial terms and post-termination restrictions
  • Regularly advising senior executives in the financial services, legal and recruitment industries on their rights and obligations on potential departures to establish or join competing businesses
  • Advising a former employee on allegations that he had unlawfully retained confidential information on his departure
  • Regularly advising employees on the terms and effect of proposed settlement agreements relating to the termination of their employment
  • Acting pro bono in a constructive dismissal claim for a client whose co-worker had threatened her with physical violence and for a retail worker whose employer had unfairly terminated her employment

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

 

For employers:

  • Regularly preparing letters of appointment for non-executive directors, service contracts for executive directors and employment and consulting contracts
  • Advising on and drafting employment policies and procedures and staff handbooks
  • Regularly advising employers on disciplinary and capability issues and on potential and actual terminations of employment
  • Representing the claimant employer in High Court proceedings for injunctive relief and damages arising from a team move to a competitor
  • Advising a number of employers and professional partnerships on complex negotiated exits, including those of founder directors and shareholders, equity partners and members of senior management
  • Advising on the enforcement of restrictive covenants against departing employees

Pro bono

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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