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 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.
BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
University of Oxford
Graduate Diploma in Law; Legal Practice Course (Law Society Prize)
"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. "
"Florence conducted herself professionally, was balanced in her advice, and responsive to my input and opinions. "
"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."
Leigh is a specialist employment lawyer who advises employers and employees on all UK HR-related matters.