Our Team

  • Sally Hubbard
  • Sophie Goodwill
  • Julia Steen
  • Steven Ratcliffe
  • Sally Hubbard

    Managing Director

    Specialist Employment Solicitor

    Sally is a Lincolnshire girl through and through and has lived in Lincoln her whole life (apart from a brief spell when she went to university in Nottingham, but we don’t talk about that). She began her career with Lincolnshire County Council qualifying as a solicitor in 1996, which she believes now makes her "vintage".

    Whilst at Lincolnshire County Council, Sally chose employment law as her specialism and over the years she has seen many changes to employment legislation and the Employment Tribunal process. Sally left Lincolnshire County Council in 2005 to set up an Employment Law Department at a local solicitors firm. Although she helped many different employees and employers, she could not help her public sector leanings. This resulted in her assisting many schools and public sector employees with their workplace disputes.

    In 2014 Sally decided to start her own firm and Lincs Law Ltd was born. She is passionate about helping people and works extremely hard to obtain the best resolution possible for all her clients.

    In her spare time Sally is a Governor and Trustee of her local academy, a role she thoroughly enjoys. She also enjoys cooking far too much food at dinner parties and turning what could be a pleasant evening into a feat of endurance for her guests. Regular invitees now arm themselves with elasticated waistbands and doggy bags.

    Sally's Recent Cases

    Employee Client – On behalf of her client, Sally pursued Employment Tribunal claims for: unfair dismissal, automatic unfair dismissal (protected disclosures) and detriments in employment (protected disclosures). The case settled without the need for an Employment Tribunal hearing for a six-figure amount.

    Employer Client – On behalf of her client, Sally defended Employment Tribunal claims of: unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, harassment and victimisation submitted by the client’s former employee. After an Employment Tribunal hearing all claims against Sally’s client were dismissed and the employee was ordered to pay over £15,000 in costs.

    Employee Client – Settlement Agreement. Sally’s client was offered their notice and holiday pay to agree to leave their employment. They were told that if they did not agree, they would be dismissed following a disciplinary procedure. Sally renegotiated the termination package to an amount equivalent to a year’s gross pay plus legal expenses for her client.

    Client Feedback for Sally

    “[Sally] explained the legal process and the challenges I would face at the Employment Tribunal. Advised on likely outcomes and financial awards and helped me assess this against the offer being made by my employer…Sally spoke in a candid and professional manner and explained everything clearly. She is also very, very personable. Sally negotiated a substantially better outcome than the one initially offered.”

    Settlement Agreement Client

    “Sally clearly gave guidance on the options open to me…so I could make an informed decision on how I wanted to move the situation forward. Sally was recommended to me and I would, wholeheartedly recommend her to others unfortunate enough to be subject to an employment dispute.”

    Unjustified Disciplinary Action Client

    “Sally listened to my experience, reviewed my options and represented me in my dispute with my employer. I have been able to leave my employment and feel hugely optimistic about the future thanks to Sally’s help. I couldn’t have done it without her.”

    Disability Discrimination Client

    More feedback can be found by viewing Sally’s verified client reviews on vouchedfor.co.uk.

    Reviews and Ratings for Legal adviser Sally Hubbard, Lincoln

    Sally's Memberships

    Member of the Law Society
    Member of the Law Society
    Member of the Law Society
    Member of the Employment
    Lawyers Association
  • Sophie Goodwill

    Associate

    Specialist Employment Solicitor

    Sophie is a Specialist Employment Law Solicitor here at Lincs Law. After obtaining a first class honours degree in Law, Sophie has spent the last 12 years working exclusively on Employment Law cases. In her most recent role, prior to joining Lincs Law, Sophie was Head of the Employment Law Department in a Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Law Firm taking instructions from both employers and employees.

    Sophie is happy to help clients with any queries relating to disciplinary and grievance procedures, ACAS early conciliation and Employment Tribunal claims. Sophie has experience of dealing with cases including Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, Redundancy, Breach of Contract, TUPE, Discrimination, Bulling and Harassment and Unpaid Wages. Sophie is also happy advising on the terms and effects of Settlement Agreements to make sure clients get the best possible outcome.

    When Sophie is not at work, she loves spending time with her family. She can regularly be found on nature walks, playing in the park or concocting an inedible delight with the children!

    Sophie's Recent Cases

    Employee Client – Settlement Agreement. Sophie’s client was told she was at risk of redundancy and offered just her statutory notice and redundancy as part of a settlement deal. Sophie renegotiated the termination package to over double what had initially been offered, Sophie also secured a reference and an increased contribution towards legal fees for her client.

    Employee Client – On behalf of her client, Sophie pursued Employment Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination. The case settled without the need for an Employment Tribunal hearing for a five-figure amount.

    Employer Client – On behalf of her client, Sophie advised an SME on the restructuring of their business and assisted with the redundancy consultation process. No claims were made against the employer following Sophie’s assistance.

    Client Feedback for Sophie

    “[Sophie] believed me, acted on factual evidence, gave me very good unbiased information, kept me in the loop throughout the whole process, always considered the best outcome for me. Sophie has been very supportive through a very trying time in my life, she has to a point kept me sane, she believed me, that was so important to me & my integrity, thank you Sophie”

    Unfair Dismissal Client

    “[Sophie] quickly understood my situation and provided excellent advice and guidance. Constantly kept me update with progress and best options. The reports she provided were comprehensive and detailed including all the charges. All in all, it was well worth the money to have her assistance and I felt confident in how my case was being represented. Outstanding in all areas and recommended to anyone. I had the best outcome and won all my grievances and successfully negotiated an agreed settlement”.

    Settlement Agreement Client

    “[Sophie] Clearly and when necessary robustly pointed out what certain clauses of the contract could mean for me in the future. Guided me towards thinking differently about wording and on some points to completely change my position. Sophie did this by encouraging me to think wider and deeper about my position rather than by dictating in any way. I am very happy with the outcome. The advice was given quickly, clearly and my interpretation was checked at several points to make sure I understood”

    Settlement Agreement Client

    “Many thanks [Sophie] for all your help and guidance over the last month or so. I now feel like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders”.

    Disciplinary Action Client

    More feedback can be found by viewing Sophie’s verified client reviews on vouchedfor.co.uk.

    Reviews and Ratings for Legal adviser Sophie Goodwill, Lincoln

    Sophie's Memberships

    Member of the Law Society
    Member of the Law Society
    Member of the Law Society
    Member of the Employment
    Lawyers Association
  • Julia Steen

    Legal Secretary

    Julia Steen is a Legal Secretary here at LincsLaw Solicitors. After her degree in Interior Design she had a change in career path and began her journey in Law over two years ago. As a Legal Secretary to Sally Hubbard and Sophie Goodwill she is mindful of maintaining a high standard of all client letters and files to ensure that client satisfaction is met from start to finish.

    Julia is responsible for day to day administrative duties including the co-ordination and implementation of office procedures. She is mindful of keeping the clients and solicitors up to date, as well as tracking the progresses of files to meet with the high standards a client can expect from LincsLaw.

    When Julia is not at work she enjoys family time and cooking making different foods. She enjoys designing and drawing and attending the gym (on occasions!).

  • Steven Ratcliffe

    Director

    Employment Law Barrister

    Steven moved to Lincoln in 1985, which makes him the "new guy" around these parts. He qualified as a barrister in 1984 when, sadly, the New Romantics were all the rage rather than his beloved Prog Rock.

    Steven is an extremely experienced and confident advocate and has appeared before countless Courts, Tribunals and Inquiries. His work experience ranges from the Crown Prosecution Service, to various Councils, to High Street solicitors, to a multinational HR services provider.

    In 2011, Steven became an Accredited Mediator and is enthusiastic about finding parties in dispute a way to resolve their issues. He fully appreciates that sometimes Court or Employment Tribunal litigation is the only option, but if there is a better way he wants to help his clients to find it.

    In his spare time Steven plays the drums and listens to all kinds of music. When faced with a "willing" victim, he will spend many a happy hour discussing the respective merits of Yes, Genesis, ELP and King Crimson. He loves anything to do with cars and if he ever disappears, we know we'll be able to find him drooling over the latest Jaguar.