Florence Brocklesby

Principal

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

Florence trained and qualified, in 2000, at leading international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she worked for eight years, including time in the firm’s London, Brussels and Hong Kong offices, before moving to the London office of the US firm Debevoise & Plimpton prior to founding Bellevue Law in 2014.

Florence handles both commercial disputes and employment law matters and she advises a range of clients including individual employees, founders and entrepreneurs and owner-managed, fast-growth and long-established businesses. Many of her clients are fellow lawyers and law firms.

Florence is recommended in the current editions of both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories. She is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers & Partners 2021, where client feedback states: "She has great experience and is great to work with" and "She has excellent attention to detail, good commercial sense and is very pragmatic. She always wants to go the extra mile for her client."

In the Legal 500, clients describe Florence as "full of energy and unflappable", "demonstrat[ing] a real sense of judgement in identifying issues and dealing with them pragmatically such that most of her focus was on the real deal killers. Superb articulation and summary to me of the risk factors" and "excellent, very understanding and her advice is outstanding. Very strategic approach and very strong experience advising employees in finance."

Both directories recognise Florence’s experience in the financial and professional services sectors, and advising on discrimination claims.

"In my 25 years of experience, the most operational employment attorney I have worked with. Period."

Florence regularly acts for owner-managed and fast-growth businesses, particularly in the tech and luxury sectors, on their employment law matters and commercial disputes. She often advises on the crucial decisions that determine the future of a growing business, including supporting new founders in exiting their previous roles, managing restructuring processes, senior executive exits and shareholder disputes. As an entrepreneur herself, Florence enjoys the fast-paced nature of these clients' businesses and is able to give insightful and practical advice based on her professional and personal experience.

She also regularly acts for senior professional women in defending their workplace rights, including in sex and maternity discrimination claims, and cases of sexual harassment or assault. She is regularly referred work in this field by previous clients, who value her experience and understanding of these issues, and empathetic approach.

"My experience working with Florence was wonderful! She was patient and spent a lot of time explaining my options. I never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision. She had empathy and compassion as this was not a pleasant situation and it was nice to feel she understood it from a human perspective. I felt the service I received top notch and the fees were very fair."

While her focus is on achieving commercial resolution of contentious issues where possible, Florence is an experienced litigator, who has acted in numerous Employment Tribunal, Court and arbitration proceedings. She is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution and has represented several clients in successful mediation of their commercial disputes.

Representative recent matters include:

Acting as a trusted adviser to numerous businesses and their founders on both day to day and business critical matters including investigations, disciplinary processes, negotiated exits - including of senior executives, directors and shareholders - and commercial disputes with third parties.

Regularly advising executives at the most senior levels on negotiated exits, including recently the longstanding chief executive of a major media company, the chief executive of a UK-wide hotel group and the managing director of a national restaurant chain.

Successfully negotiating numerous settlements of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claims on behalf of employees in the legal, professional and financial services sectors, particularly for senior professional women. Recent clients include:

  • An investment banker complaining of being sidelined and bullied on her return from maternity leave.
  • A senior manager at a major accounting firm following allegations of bullying by an equity partner.
  • The sole female board member of an international telecommunications business.
  • An investment banker made redundant while on maternity leave amidst allegations that her employer had failed to comply with its obligation to offer her an available suitable alternative vacancy.
  • A senior sales executive alleged to have been seriously assaulted by her manager.

Advising a number of tech companies on major redundancy processes, including, in one case, the departure of the client’s founder.

Advising and representing a luxury goods business in an international contractual dispute involving proceedings in both London and Hong Kong.

Regularly advising senior employees and LLP members on the terms of proposed new contracts and on their pre- and post-termination rights and obligations to their current employers.

Advising a number of law firms on critical employment law issues including in the context of serious criminal and regulatory issues.

Throughout 2020, regularly advising both businesses and employees on the legal implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, including furlough, role adjustments and home-working and redundancies, and the impact of the pandemic on parties’ commercial contractual rights and obligations.

In addition to her legal practice, Florence has taught contract law, tort and civil and commercial litigation at graduate level. She is committed to pro bono work, having served as a trustee of both the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau and South West London Law Centres, and previously acted for clients facing the death penalty in the Caribbean and USA. She is also a committed supporter of both ethical business practices and the local business and charity community around Bellevue Law’s Wandsworth base.

"You have been such a calming, wonderful person to work with. I've really appreciated your insights and advice, and am glad that we've been able to come out with good results."

BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

University of Oxford

Graduate Diploma in Law; Legal Practice Course (Law Society Prize)

University of Birmingham

Postgraduate Diploma in International Law

University of Bristol

Florence Brocklesby

FLORENCE BROCKLESBY

Education
BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

University of Oxford

Graduate Diploma in Law; Legal Practice Course (Law Society Prize)

University of Birmingham

Postgraduate Diploma in International Law

University of Bristol

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What they say
Client Testimonials

"Florence has been outstanding and a tower of strength and support."

"I was extremely impressed with the level of service and support provided by Florence."

"Florence has been amazing! She has gone above and beyond for me and I will be eternally grateful. "

"The service and support provided by Florence was exceptional. Professional, with vast experience to draw on and an impressive command of the law, Florence also provided support during an extremely testing time. "

"It was an extremely stressful time for me and Florence guided me through the process wonderfully - being efficient, honest, practical and supportive. "

"Thank you for all your help – you really gave me the confidence to stand up for myself and negotiate a great new role."

"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."

The Team

Our Lawyers

LAURA BRIERLY

Senior Consultant

Laura specialises in dispute resolution, advising in a wide range of sectors, including financial services, energy and construction.

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.

ALEXANDRA KEY

Senior Consultant

Alexandra specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration with extensive trial experience.

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.

OLIVER STOKES

Senior Consultant

Oliver is a seasoned commercial litigator having spent over 10 years at Withers and Lipman Karas.

HARRIET TURNBULL

Senior Consultant

Harriet is a solicitor specialising in Wills and estate planning.

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