How does Bellevue Law help clients with employment law issues?

Our team supports both employers and employees on a wide range of employment issues and is ranked both the Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 directories 2022 for the quality of our employment law advice.

Our employment lawyers all have a wealth of experience gained in international firms, while our business model enables us to provide a highly personalised, empathetic and cost-effective service to clients. 

We act for both employers and employees, and believe that our experience on both sides of the table equips us to provide more rounded, practical and relevant advice.

"I cannot highly recommend Bellevue Law enough if you ever find yourself in the position to seek employment law advice. Professional, courteous and incredibly competent."

"Bellevue Law was recommended to me as I had a very sensitive and delicate case to pursue. I 100% could not be happier with the sincerity, effort, due diligence, and expertise in which my case was handled." – Legal 500 2022

In our recent client survey clients rated us, on average, 9.7/10 when asked how likely they were to recommend us to a friend or colleague.

Our In Confidence initial employment law advice service for employees offers initial advice on options and next steps at a fixed price, when an issue at work first arises.

How does Bellevue Law help employees?

Our team is ranked in both the Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 directories 2022 for the quality of our advice to senior executives.

We regularly advise employees on legal issues arising throughout the employment lifecycle from recruitment to exit:

  • We represent senior executives and professionals planning moves, including advising on post-termination obligations to current employers.
  • We advise on contract negotiations with new employers, including key terms such as remuneration and restrictive covenants.  Clients are regularly referred to us by headhunters.
  • We advise on issues arising during employment, such as grievances, performance concerns, investigations and disciplinary proceedings, and concerns about remuneration or changes to employees’ roles.
  • We have a strong track record of advising and representing senior female professionals on issues arising in respect of pregnancy and maternity leave, flexible working, equal pay and discrimination and harassment. 
  • We have experience of advising individuals working abroad for UK-based companies on their UK employment law rights.
  • We regularly assist clients to negotiate the best outcome on termination of their employment - whether by reason of redundancy or otherwise - and advise on settlement agreements.  We have also assisted a number of clients on successful appeals against dismissal.
  • While most negotiations end in an agreed settlement, if necessary we can represent clients in bringing Employment Tribunal claims, including for unfair and constructive dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing. 

"The empathy, professionalism and kindness you showed me will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything."

"Great advice. Amazing service. Very empathetic team with great expertise." – Legal 500 2022


Who does Bellevue Law help with employment law issues?

We regularly act for employees in the financial services, technology, property, recruitment, energy and fashion industries.  We are also often asked to advise and represent other lawyers in disputes with their firms and senior executives at private equity houses and their portfolio companies.

We advise individuals, including in regulated industries, on investigations and allegations of wrongdoing.  Our recent experience includes acting for a Chief Executive in an investigation into alleged financial reporting irregularities and a senior bank employee suspended during an investigation relating to alleged financial misconduct.  

We have also advised on “Reverse #MeToo” allegations, where an individual is accused of inappropriate behaviour, and represented former employees accused of misconduct, such as breach of confidentiality or post-termination restrictions, after their exit.

We are often referred work by prior clients who feel that we have given them the right balance of commercial advice and a sympathetic ear at a time that is personally challenging. 

"Florence answered my call immediately and gave me sound and calming advice before I had an unexpected meeting about a role change. She was strong and clear helping me through a difficult day. Leigh was then assigned my case who was equally helpful, understanding, reassuring and realistic. The working style of Bellevue was fluid and suited my schedule. I recommend this firm without hesitation."

"It was an extremely stressful time for me and Florence guided me through the process wonderfully- being efficient, honest, practical and supportive. [I really appreciated] the personal and professional approach."

"I have already recommended to several colleagues and friends."

In Confidence: initial employment law advice service

In Confidence is Bellevue Law’s fixed price initial employment law advice service, offering expert support and guidance to employees facing a difficult issue at work. 

In Confidence allows clients to benefit from insightful and practical advice based on our team’s years of experience at an early stage.  

During your In Confidence discussion, one of our specialist employment lawyers will listen to your concerns, identify key legal, commercial and practical points, and provide an overview of your legal rights and potential claims.  Your In Confidence session will provide insight on potential outcomes and practical, actionable advice.

There is no ongoing commitment, and many clients leave their In Confidence session reassured and with practical next steps they can action themselves.  If you do need more detailed advice or representation, however, Bellevue Law will remain on hand to support you.

Next Steps: fixed fee settlement agreement advice

Next Steps is Bellevue Law’s fixed fee settlement agreement service.

Being offered a settlement agreement to leave your job can be a difficult experience. Whether this is due to redundancy or for another reason, it is often an uncertain time, and you are likely to have many questions. We are here to help you through it.

Headed by Susanne Hartigan, our Next Steps service provides you with expert advice from one of our highly experienced ex-City lawyers on the terms and effect of the proposed agreement.

In most cases, our fee is covered by your employer, so there will be no cost to you.

The Next Steps service covers a review of your employment contract, draft settlement agreement and any cover letter, a phone or Zoom call to explain the terms of the agreement and your options and answer any questions you may have, preparing an email to your employer requesting any changes you’d like and reviewing a revised version of the agreement.

This service is suitable if you are broadly content with the commercial terms of the proposed agreement, and want to exit the business as well as possible. If you need more detailed advice or representation, our experienced team is also on hand to provide this.

Here are some kind words from previous clients about our settlement agreement service:

Redundancy is a stressful time, therefore it was amazing how much [my lawyer] helped and went above and beyond. I was very happy with the end result she delivered, but more importantly, her guidance throughout the process was reassuring. She provided useful advice, attention to detail and always responded in a timely manner.

Bellevue Law were exactly what you’d want from any lawyer - responsive, thoughtful of your needs (including keeping costs down), straight talking, effective and excellent advisors. I can’t rate them more highly.

Everything about Bellevue Law was to a high standard, and I am very grateful to have had [them] working with me during my redundancy settlement. The process was managed very well, and [my lawyer] kept in touch with me as my situation evolved. She agreed an up-front cost, based on my former employer's cap, and stuck to it... Overall I found it to be a relatively smooth, and educational, process.

[Bellevue Law] was great to work with. Going through something like a redundancy can be quite stressful and the uncertainty of what is to come next is always on your mind, but [my lawyer] was able to walk me through everything and really be in my corner…. Thank you!

How does Bellevue Law support employers?

Our employment team is ranked by the Legal 500 2022 for the quality of its advice to employers, and has a wealth of experience, gained at international law firms, advising major organisations on key employment law issues. Our boutique approach now allows us to offer clients of all sizes a personalised and cost-effective service.

"Bellevue Law, particularly active in the tech and fintech sectors, fields a team that according to clients delivers 'all that the Magic Circle does in terms of expertise, judgement, client handling skills'" – Legal 500 2022

We regularly support our employer clients by:

  •  Advising on employment status issues, such as whether and how senior individuals should be engaged as employees or on a self-employed basis.
  • Preparing contracts including letters of appointment and service agreements for directors, employment contracts for team members, and agreements for contractors and consultants., 
  • Advising on employment law issues arising on mergers and acquisitions, including TUPE. 
  • Reviewing and advising on employment policies and procedures.
  • Guiding clients through disciplinary, performance and grievance processes. 
  • Supporting clients in handling the negotiated exits of individual team members.  We have extensive experience of helping clients to navigate complex negotiations on the exits of their most senior executives, including founder directors and shareholders, equity partners and members of senior management.
  • Representing clients in enforcement proceedings in respect of alleged breaches of post-termination restrictions and obligations of confidentiality.  The firm has extensive litigation experience and, if necessary, is able to represent clients in High Court proceedings to obtain injunctions and damages.

"They are all extremely good lawyers but offering a service at a much-reduced rate than the large City firms, where they worked in prior to joining Bellevue. They are different from competitors because they are all very experienced – the work is not farmed out to juniors." – Legal 500 2022

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you and we sincerely appreciate all of your guidance and support as we worked through this process."

“Thank you so much for all of your help. You have been really amazing to work with.”

Who instructs Bellevue Law?

Our clients include both long-established and start-up privately owned businesses, technology companies and challengers and private clients.  We are also trusted to advise fellow law firms on sensitive employment matters and regularly advise clients based overseas on employment issues arising in their UK operations.

Our recent work includes preparing a suite of complex employment contracts for senior employees of a financial services start up, supporting a client in the technology sector through a major redundancy process and advising several clients on successful negotiated exits of team members ranging from junior employees to longstanding directors.

"I have used other "boutique" city firms whose service and advice does not come close to what I received with Bellevue Law."

"Bellevue Law has been our counsel since setting up our law firm. They have not only kept us safe, but gone one step further and offered comfort and re-assurance, at every step of the way. Their responsiveness can only be compared to the speed of a jet plane. Always friendly. Always professional. Always encouraging. Always perfect."

The Team

Employment Lawyers

FLORENCE BROCKLESBY

Principal

Florence is the founder of Bellevue Law and a solicitor specialising in litigation, dispute resolution and employment law.

GEORGINA CALVERT-LEE

Senior Consultant

Georgina is a barrister, employment law and equality expert and experienced adviser to senior executives and employers.

RACHEL CLEMENTSON

Senior Consultant

Rachel is a specialist employment lawyer who advises employers on all UK HR-related matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

LEIGH EDGAR

Senior Consultant

Leigh is a specialist employment lawyer who advises employers and employees on all UK HR-related matters.

IMOGEN FINNEGAN

Senior Consultant

Imogen specialises in employment law and trained at the leading international law firm Mayer Brown.

SUSANNE HARTIGAN

Senior Consultant

Susanne leads our “Next Steps” fixed fee service for employees who need advice on settlement agreements.

PAULINE McARDLE

Senior Consultant

Pauline specializes in employment law. She has acted for a wide range of employer and employee clients in the private and public sector.

VICTORIA MISSELBROOK

Senior Consultant

Victoria has over 10 years' experience of advising both employers and employees on employment law.

HELEN MONSON

Senior Employment Lawyer

Helen has experience of the full range of employment law issues, including contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

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