Our Team

Sally Hubbard

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”.

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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 2015 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 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 assisted with a disciplinary process regarding an employee who was stealing stock. Sally assisted in gathering information in the investigation process and putting together an evidence pack for the disciplinary. The matter was swiftly resolved when the employee resigned in response to receiving the evidence. Sally also assisted her client to recover payment for the missing stock items.

Employee Client – Settlement Agreement. Sally’s client was told he had to sign a Settlement Agreement to receive his redundancy entitlements. Having reviewed the background of her client’s matter and the Settlement Agreement offer, Sally advised that he should renegotiate. Sally dealt directly with her client’s employer to secure a Settlement Agreement offer which was more than double the original.

Client Feedback for Sally

“Sally, very clearly and without bias, presented me with all the options available to me, the possible outcomes and the pros and cons of each one. Her experience in dealing with these matters was plain to see, and she used this to re-assure me. I felt able to ask any questions (sometimes more than once!) without feeling silly. She didn’t rush any decisions and supported me 100% in any decision I made in the process. I felt totally in control and fully supported at every step of the journey. The final outcome was exactly what I hoped for.”

Bullying and Harassment Client

“I cannot think of anything [Sally] could have done better, excellent communication throughout the process, clear concise advice and with a caring and friendly attitude. Sally immediately understood my predicament and provided excellent guidance.”

Settlement Agreement Client

“Sally advised me of the processes and how these applied to my circumstances, having worked for the same employer for 30 years I had no concept of the options open to me. Sally explained everything clearly and gave me advice on my options…Sally provided advise for every step of the process, nothing could have been improved upon.”

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

Sophie Goodwill

Director

Specialist Employment Solicitor

Sophie is a Director and Specialist Employment Law Solicitor here at Lincs Law. After obtaining a first class honours degree in Law, Sophie has spent the last 13 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.

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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 walking her Border Collies, playing in the park or concocting inedible delights with her two children!

Sophie’s Recent Cases

Employee Client – Whistle-Blower – Sophie’s client was being targeted for detrimental treatment as a result of raising serious concerns with her employer. Sophie helped her client go through the formal grievance process and on a without prejudice basis secured a significant five figure settlement, agreed reference and contribution towards legal fees. Her client was very happy with the outcome.

Employer Client – On behalf of her client, Sophie represented a large employer defend allegations of unfair dismissal. Her client had suspended a senior employee within the business and wished to terminate their employment. Sophie guided her client through a fair investigation, disciplinary and appeal process. After conclusion of the disciplinary proceedings, the employee took no further action. Sophie’s client was delighted with her prompt and effective service.

Employee Client – Sexual Harassment – On behalf of her client, Sophie pursued Employment Tribunal claims for sexual harassment, sex discrimination and constructive unfair dismissal. This claim was particularly difficult for Sophie’s client as she had been very distressed by the treatment she received at work. After a lengthy period of litigation Sophie was able to secure a significant financial settlement for her client, along with a glowing reference. Her client was elated and Sophie was very pleased with the Thank You flowers she received.

Client Feedback for Sophie

“Sophie helped me fight all the way, she kept me positive and always went that extra mile to make me feel better. Her client care skills were amazing, and she worked extremely hard on my case, putting in lots of hours. Her knowledge of the law is just outstanding, and I highly recommend Sophie… Sophie’s skills and commitment to my case could never ever be faulted. Thank you Sophie.”

Sexual Harassment and Constructive Dismissal Client

“Sophie was so efficient and knowledgeable I feel there is nothing more she could have done better. She was in contact with by email or phone throughout the duration of my appeal and helped me through a very difficult time. Her knowledge is extensive and I’m sure I wouldn’t have got the same result if I’d tried to appeal on my own”.

Ill Health Retirement 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

“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
Steven Ratcliffe

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.

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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.

Kathryn Bolton

Kathryn Bolton

Associate

Specialist Employment Solicitor

Kathryn joined the team as a Specialist Employment Solicitor in September 2018. Kathryn hails from Nottinghamshire but qualified as a Solicitor in Lincolnshire in 2007 and has practised in Lincolnshire ever since. She has a mixed litigation and employment law background and advises both employers and employees.

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Kathryn is committed to understanding clients’ needs and helping them achieve the best outcome possible. She can assist with non-contentious issues such as drafting and reviewing contracts and policies and procedures as well as contentious issues in the event of a dispute between employer and employee.

In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys food and drink. This might include something she and her family have managed to grow in the garden! She loves spending time with her family and continues to search for her ‘inner calm’ through practising yoga.

Kathryn’s Recent Cases

Employee Client – Kathryn’s client was suspended and faced disciplinary proceedings. They were offered a payment in lieu of notice (which was in fact lower than their contractual entitlement), to leave their employment or they would be dismissed. Kathryn renegotiated the termination package to more than two and a half times the original offer which included the correct sum for payment in lieu of notice, holiday pay and a compensation payment. She also negotiated a reference and increase in contribution toward legal fees.

Employee Client – Kathryn’s client was at risk of redundancy but was offered a settlement package as an alternative to going through the redundancy process. Although Kathryn’s client had already been offered an enhanced redundancy payment, Kathryn negotiated an additional ex-gratia sum which saw the client leaving with almost a year’s gross pay.

Employee Client – Kathryn’s client faced disciplinary proceedings. They had already discussed a negotiated exit with their employer by the time they came to see Kathryn. However they were keen to discuss options and expectations as regards the financial settlement. Kathryn negotiated an increase in the client’s compensation payment which took the figure in excess of the maximum sum that the client could have been awarded by an Employment Tribunal for a successful unfair dismissal claim.

Client Feedback for Kathryn

“Realistic and factual advice… Overall I felt I could trust Kathryn, and had no understanding or expectations, but do feel that she negotiated beyond what I thought was possible.”

Disciplinary Action / Settlement Agreement Client

“Listened carefully to my request for assistance with regard to a settlement agreement for termination of contract; explained carefully the legal aspects of the situation; explained the options I had; completed the legal requirements and documentation, and dealt directly with my employer to ensure the settlement agreement was completed as soon as possible. I could not have wished for a better service.”

Settlement Agreement Client

“Kathryn helped by sharing her experience and knowledge and helped me to look at the situation from different perspectives. There is nothing Kathryn could have done better.”

Settlement Agreement Client

Kathryn’s Memberships

Member of the Law Society
Member of the Law Society
Member of the Law Society
Member of the Employment
Lawyers Association
Lucy Stones

Lucy Stones

Associate

Specialist Employment Solicitor

Lucy is a Lincolnshire lass who joined the team as an Associate Employment Solicitor in September 2019. Lucy has specialised in Employment Law for 10 years, having worked as an Employment Solicitor at both a local and national law firm.

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Lucy advises both employers and employees on all areas of Employment Law and prides herself in offering clear, straight-forward and friendly advice. She advises on internal employment disputes such as grievance and disciplinary procedures as well as advising on Employment Tribunal Claims; Unfair Dismissal, Discrimination, TUPE, Breach of Contract. Lucy also enjoys advising on Settlement Agreements ensuring her clients receive the best possible outcome.

When Lucy is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with friends.

Lucy’s Recent Cases

Employee Client – On behalf of her client, Lucy pursued Employment Tribunal claims for: Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, Sex Discrimination and Age Discrimination. The case settled and Lucy achieved compensation of a five-figure amount.

Employer Client – On behalf of her client, Lucy defended Employment Tribunal claims of; Automatic Unfair Dismissal and Disability Discrimination submitted by the client’s former employee. Lucy fully assessed the claims issued and advised her client that they faced significant litigation risk. Lucy engaged in settlement negotiations and achieved a settlement for £30,000 less than the original offer of settlement made by the ex-employee.

Employee Client – Settlement Agreement – Lucy’s client was suspended from work following misconduct allegations. The client was not fully aware of what the allegations were but they had been offered a Settlement Agreement which would pay them only nominal amounts. Lucy renegotiated the termination package, achieving the equivalent of six months gross salary for the client and secured them a good factual reference.

Client Feedback for Lucy

“[Lucy], I really want to thank you for all of your help over the last few months. They have been stressful but you have supported me through it. You encouraged me to stand up and push for what I deserved.”

Unfair Dismissal Client

“[Lucy], thank you for your tenacity and for achieving me a great settlement. I am thrilled. I will definitely recommend you to friends, should they ever require employment law advice.”

Settlement Agreement Client

“[Lucy], thank you for your prompt and clear advice. You really helped our company understand the options available to us. I am so pleased with the outcome and I look forward to using your services again.”

Employment Tribunal Defence Client

Lucy’s Memberships

Member of the Law Society
Member of the Law Society
Member of the Law Society
Member of the Employment
Lawyers Association
Katie Key

Katie Key

Legal Assistant

Employment Law Specialist

Katie is our Legal Assistant here at Lincs Law. Katie is from Lincolnshire but is currently studying towards her law degree at the University of Sheffield. Katie has a keen interest in Employment Law and enjoys meeting different clients, both employers and employees. Katie can often be found assisting in our Fixed Fee Consultations and is known for making a spectacular cup of tea (much better than Steven’s!)

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Katie has assisted in a variety of cases whilst at Lincs Law, ranging from Settlement Agreements to discrimination and victimisation cases. Katie particularly enjoys drafting disciplinary and appeal statements for clients, preparing proof of evidence following Fixed Fee Consultations and constructing chronologies for the Employment Tribunal.

At the University of Sheffield Katie consistently achieves first class or 2:1 grades in her modules and was awarded “best performer” of her cohort in the Contract Law and Remedies in Private Law modules last year. Katie is looking forward to working hard in the final year of her law degree (particularly in the Employment Law module) and hopes to qualify as a Solicitor in the future.

When Katie is not at Lincs Law she can often be found keeping fit in the gym (spinning classes are her favourite) or trying not to fall off a horse somewhere!

Client Feedback for Katie

“With regard to my recent appointment with Kathryn and Katie, I would just like to thank them and yourself for the very prompt, kind and professional advice I have received during what has been and still is a very distressing time for me. Thank you again.”

Employee – Fixed Fee Consultation
Julia Steen

Julia Steen

Legal Secretary

Head of Administration

Julia Steen is our Legal Secretary here at Lincs Law. After finishing her degree in Interior Design with Staffordshire University, she had a change in career path and began her journey in Law in 2015.

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Julia has assisted our solicitors with many cases including sex discrimination, dismissal and gross-misconduct cases. Julia is also responsible for collating indexes, bundles and letters and documents for the Courts/Employment Tribunal.

Julia likes to make sure that client satisfaction is met from start to finish and that the client feels listened to and cared for from when they first call Lincs Law, right up to closure of their file. She is mindful of maintaining a high standard of client care, ensuring that the clients are kept up to date, and checking letters and documents are completed to a professional standard that a client can expect from Lincs Law.

When Julia is not at work, she enjoys family time with her two children, and cooking for everyone when they come around for dinner. The gym and lifting weights are Julia’s main hobby and in between this, there might be time to sit down and watch a film!

Client Feedback for Julia

“With regard to my recent appointment with Kathryn and Katie, I would just like to thank them and yourself for the very prompt, kind and professional advice I have received during what has been and still is a very distressing time for me. Thank you again”

Employee – Fixed Fee Consultation

“I would like to thank you and Sophie for helping me with this matter, I appreciate it.”

Employee – Appeal

“Thanks for your patience and help.”

Employee – Settlement Agreement