Managing DirectorSpecialist 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 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 protected disclosure (whistleblowing); health and safety (Coronavirus related); holiday pay and unlawful deductions from pay. The claim settled at the ACAS Early Conciliation stage for an amount in excess of a year’s gross pay for her client.
Employer Client – On behalf of her client, Sally undertook preparation for, and conduct of, a disciplinary process where an employee had failed in their health and safety obligations. Their failures being so serious that they put the client’s other staff and customers at risk. The Employer had been concerned as the employee had made various threats of litigation. In the event, the work Sally completed meant that the employee was not able to pursue a claim against her client.
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, Sally queried the redundancy process and, also, identified her client had possible claims for disability discrimination. As instructed by her client, Sally renegotiated the Settlement Agreement to an amount significantly in excess of the original offer made by her client’s employer.
Client Feedback for Sally
“Sally has been outstanding. From my first conversation with her, she demonstrated her breadth of experience and expertise in this area. She was quick-thinking, fantastic at communicating her thoughts, both verbally and in written format, and easy going and approachable. She was always available for advice when needed and maintained a professional but approachable demeanour throughout. I was completely satisfied with every aspect of her work. I highly recommend Sally – without reservation.”
“I contacted Sally after my unlawful dismissal. I had no contract, no holiday entitlement, and my employer had acted in contravention of government advice regarding coronavirus. She helped me reach an agreement and settlement through ACAS. This is the second time that I have needed Sally’s services. Need I say more, I would not use anyone else.”
“Sally initially provided me with a free consultation call, during which she advised me to take a particular course of action to protect my position. This was something that neither of the two other solicitors (from other firms who I also had free initial consultation calls with) advised me to do, and it proved to be the correct advice. Throughout the whole process, Sally provided solid and comprehensive legal advice, was always honest about potential scenario outcomes, and provided sound strategies for dealing with the matter in hand. One very important service that Sally also provided was that of emotional support, providing a sympathetic ear and always having my mental and physical wellbeing as a priority. For an individual to take on their employer (part of a large corporate) can be a daunting task – Sally fully understands the gambit of emotions that can entail and manages to provide positive support in an excellent manner.”
More feedback can be found by viewing Sally’s verified client reviews on vouchedfor.co.uk.
DirectorSpecialist 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 14 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 a specialist at guiding clients through internal disciplinary and grievance procedures, dispute procedures in relation to ill health retirement, and matters before professional regulators such as the Health and Care Professionals Council. If matters proceed beyond the internal processes, Sophie can conduct ACAS early conciliation and advise on the terms and effects of Settlement Agreements to make sure her clients get the best possible outcome.
Sophie is also highly experienced in representing clients in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. Her case load includes complex claims of Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, Redundancy, Breach of Contract, TUPE, Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment and Unpaid Wages.
Sophie loves her job and thrives helping her clients to get the very best outcome to whatever employment issues they are experiencing. On those occasions Sophie is not at work she loves spending time with her family and friends, having a go at DIY projects and teaching her two young children how to cook (badly!!!).
Sophie’s Recent Cases
Employee Client – On behalf of her client, Sophie pursued Employment Tribunal claims for unfair and wrongful dismissal. This claim was further complicated by an unfounded referral to an external regulatory body. After a relatively short period of time the issue with the regulatory body was no longer pursued. Thereafter, although the Employment Tribunal litigation went on for a longer time, Sophie was able to secure a significant financial settlement for her client, withdrawal of the misconduct allegations, and an agreed reference. Her client was over the moon, especially since most legal costs had been covered by an insurance policy.
Employee Client – Sophie’s client was being targeted for detrimental treatment because of raising serious concerns relating to both fraud and health and safety matters. Sophie helped her client go through the formal grievance process and at the same time, on a without prejudice basis, secured a significant five figure settlement, agreed reference and contribution towards legal fees. Her client was delighted with the outcome.
Employee Client – Sophie’s client had been subjected to malicious complaints and was being treated far less favourably than comparable employees of a different sex. Sophie helped her client with the lengthy internal disciplinary and grievance procedures, whilst at the same time issuing Employment Tribunal proceedings to protect her client’s legal position. Eventually, the matter concluded with Sophie’s client retaining their employment and receiving a five figure settlement figure. Sophie’s client was so happy they her with lovely chocolates and wine!
Client Feedback for Sophie
“Sophie helped me by fully supporting me with a calming, knowledgeable influence, confronting my issues head on. I am absolutely delighted with the outcome Sophie has achieved. I honestly can’t ask for Sophie to have done anything better…. She just made the whole process extremely stress free for me, going above and beyond offering support. For that I am forever grateful. She worked with such diligence and professionalism; I couldn’t have asked for any better.”
“Sophie was very easy to talk to and helped me focus on the right issues at the right time. Her support and advice was priceless in ensuring I achieved the best outcome for me. She was always available to help me navigate through some tricky times and allowed me to focus on caring for my partner. Totally achieved the best result without getting into difficult conversations. Sophie was excellent and I cannot think of anything she could have done any better. Totally recommend her.”
“It goes without saying that Sophie is an extremely professional and experienced Employment Solicitor with excellent legal knowledge, but on top of that she listens, she’s easy to talk to and she cares about her clients. At an incredibly stressful time in my life, she treated me with kindness and gave me the strength to keep fighting when I felt I didn’t have a voice. All her advice was given with my best interests at heart, she updated me very quickly by phone and email with every development in my case and I could almost invariably speak to her on the same day if needed. I can recommend Sophie to anyone without hesitation. A word of thanks to the whole Lincs Law team too. From my first contact with Sally and my dealings with Julia during the process, my experience has been an entirely positive one.”
More feedback can be found by viewing Sophie’s verified client reviews on vouchedfor.co.uk.
DirectorEmployment Law Barrister
After gaining a law degree, Steven qualified as a barrister in 1984 (Gray’s Inn) and moved to Lincoln in 1985, which makes him the “new guy” around these parts.
Steven is an experienced and effective advocate and has appeared before countless Courts, Tribunals and Inquiries. His work experience ranges from the Civil Service (Treasury Solicitors Department- TSol- and the Crown Prosecution Service) and the Magistrates’ Courts Service to a local firm of High Street solicitors, and from local government to a multinational HR services provider.
In 2011, Steven became an Accredited Mediator and is enthusiastic about helping parties in a dispute find 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 our clients to find it.
Steven also has substantial experience in designing and delivering training sessions on a wide range of legal, regulatory and management issues to a varied selection of audiences.
At Lincs Law Ltd, Steven deals primarily with risk & compliance matters (including recently drawing up risk assessments around Covid-19). Alongside being our COLP (Compliance Officer for Legal Practice), he is also the firm’s Complaints Officer, Data Protection Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer.
In his spare time Steven plays the drums and listens to all kinds of music, particularly classical music and Prog Rock. 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.
AssociateSpecialist 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.
Kathryn is committed to understanding clients’ needs and helping them achieve the best outcome possible. Kathryn advises on a wide range of issues including unfair dismissal, redundancy, and discrimination as well as internal grievance and disciplinary matters and breaches of contract.
In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family and friends and she continues to search for her ‘inner calm’ through practising yoga.
Kathryn’s Recent Cases
Employee Client – Kathryn’s client was facing a performance improvement plan which they did not believe was justified. Kathryn advised her client about their options and the potential outcomes. In view of the breakdown in the work relationships Kathryn’s client preferred to leave their employer. Kathryn advised her client about a settlement and was able to negotiate a 33% increase on the compensation payment initially offered by their employer.
Employee Client – Kathryn’s client had a claim for unlawful deduction from wages. Following their claim to the Employment Tribunal, Kathryn’s client felt that they were treated unfairly at work by their employer. This led to a breakdown in the working relationship and had a detrimental impact on the client’s health. Kathryn gave guidance and advise about the Tribunal claim and concluded those proceedings by negotiating a settlement package. Not only did this provide the client with compensation but it saved further legal costs and negated the stress and anxiety associated with the claim.
Employee Client – Kathryn’s client had claims for harassment related to race, age, religion or belief and victimisation. Prior to her instruction Kathryn’s client had been offered a sum of money by their employer to settle the claims. Kathryn’s client rejected the offer and was keen to proceed with their claims to the Employment Tribunal. Kathryn encouraged her client to think about his circumstances as a whole and the outcome that would be best for him. Kathryn negotiated a settlement package which was more than two and a half times higher than the original offer.
Client Feedback for Kathryn
“Quickly grasped the situation; gave good, supportive advice and was very personable.”
“Extremely benevolent and understanding. This was an extremely low point for me & she was articulate and precise with all of her advice & recommendations, I was clear of my options and felt totally supported whichever avenue I chose.”
“Kathryn took the time to listen to all of the complicated issues. She understood immediately what was going on and was able to give me excellent guidance and advice. Kathryn was excellent in how she dealt my case. She took care and attention to the details and did not labour every conversation about her costs which I really appreciated.”
More feedback can be found by viewing Kathryn’s verified client reviews on vouchedfor.co.uk.
AssociateSpecialist Employment Solicitor
Lucy joined Lincs Law in September 2019 as an Associate Employment Solicitor. Lucy qualified as an Employment Solicitor in March 2013, but she has been advising on Employment Law matters since 2009. She advises both employers and employees.
Since qualifying Lucy has worked in a Regional Law firm in Lincolnshire and a National Law firm in Nottinghamshire. Lucy’s approach to all cases is to provide clear, strategic advice. She believes in setting out all available options to her clients by taking time to understand their objectives. Lucy knows going through an internal Employment Law issue or Employment Tribunal claim can be both daunting and stressful. Therefore, she always ensures she provides a friendly and supportive service to all her clients.
Lucy advises on internal employment disputes such as disciplinaries / grievances as well as advising on all Employment Tribunal claims; Discrimination, Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, TUPE. Lucy also regularly drafts and advises on Settlement Agreements.
When Lucy is not at work, she enjoys cooking and socialising with friends and family.
Lucy’s Recent Cases
Employee Client – Lucy pursued a claim for Constructive Unfair Dismissal and Disability Discrimination in the Employment Tribunal. Lucy issued the Claim into the Employment Tribunal on behalf of her client and complied with the Employment Tribunal orders. Lucy achieved a settlement prior to the Final Hearing. The compensation achieved represented six months’ gross salary.
Employer Client – Lucy met with a company who was experiencing difficulties with an employee. It had been reported that the employee had been behaving poorly but they were a long-standing member of staff and so the business was worried at what litigation risk they would face, should they take disciplinary action. Lucy agreed that the employee’s behaviour represented a misconduct issue and a disciplinary investigation should commence. Lucy set out the potential litigation risk they could face, should they not adhere to a fair procedure. Lucy was instructed to assist in the disciplinary procedure and no claim was pursued against the company.
Employee Client – Settlement Agreement – Lucy recently met with a client who had been offered a Settlement Agreement after having been told they would be made redundant. Lucy considered there was not a redundancy situation relating to her client’s role and represented this to the employer. Lucy achieved a substantial increase to her client’s Settlement Agreement where she received almost nine months’ gross salary, enhanced contribution toward her legal fees and a reference.
Client Feedback for Lucy
“Lucy, thank you so much for all your hard work on my behalf and for helping me achieve a good outcome.”
“Lucy, I would have no hesitation in recommending you to any of my friends, colleagues or family. Your advice has been outstanding, and I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome.”
“Lucy, I am relieved the situation is over and I am very happy that I had you to advise me on the best course of action. Out of all the options you presented to me at the beginning, I believe we chose the right course and I am pleased at how quickly you managed to wrap it up for us.”
More feedback can be found by viewing Lucy’s verified client reviews on vouchedfor.co.uk.
SolicitorSpecialist Employment Solicitor
Jasmine joined Lincs Law as an Employment Solicitor in August 2020. Jasmine is originally a Yorkshire Lass but moved to Lincolnshire after University in 2013. Jasmine qualified as a solicitor in 2019.
Jasmine prides herself on providing clients with clear, helpful, and friendly advice. She enjoys assisting employees on redundancy issues; unfair dismissal; and internal grievances. Jasmine also advises on Settlement Agreements and obtaining the best result for her clients.
When Jasmine is not at Lincs Law, she enjoys cooking, trying to bake and loves having friends and family round for dinner.
SolicitorSpecialist Employment Solicitor
Elizabeth joined us as a solicitor in August 2020. She was born and raised in Lincoln and then attended Nottingham Trent University where she attained a first class law degree. After completing her LLM LPC at Nottingham Law School, Elizabeth returned to Lincoln to work at a local law firm. Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in July 2018 and has a background in Dispute Resolution.
Elizabeth enjoys communicating with clients to ensure she has the relevant facts to explore all the possible avenues that may be available to that client. She enjoys working with different clients, both employers and employees and is committed to securing the best possible outcome for them.
Elizabeth has a particular interest in discrimination claims, she understands this can be a distressing time for the client, either being the subject of, or accused of discrimination and she will work diligently to ensure the client feels as comfortable as possible in the circumstances. Elizabeth is a firm believer in reaching a settlement without the need for issuing a claim and litigation should always be the absolute last resort, however she appreciates sometimes it is not possible and will pursue matters through the Employment Tribunal.
When not in the office, Elizabeth enjoys exploring new places, spending time with friends and eating!
Legal AssistantEmployment Law Specialist
Katie is our Legal Assistant here at Lincs Law. Katie is from Lincolnshire but is currently studying towards her Legal Practice Course (and Masters!) at the University of Law in Sheffield. Katie hopes to qualify as a Solicitor in the future.
Katie has a keen interest in Employment Law and enjoys meeting different clients, both employers and employees. Katie can often be found in our Fixed Fee Consultations and she 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, drafting witness statements, preparing proof of evidence following Fixed Fee Consultations and constructing chronologies for the Employment Tribunal.
At the University of Sheffield Katie achieved a first class honours degree in Law and she was also awarded the Thomson Reuters Prize for the highest marks in the final year examinations. Katie’s highest grade was in her Employment Law module and this reflects how much she enjoys this area of law.
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!
Katie’s Recent Cases
Employee Client – Drafted a witness statement for a complicated whistleblowing claim.
Employee Client – Drafted grounds of appeal for disciplinary proceedings that formed part of an ongoing detriments in employment (protected disclosures) claim.
Employee Client – Constructed a detailed chronology for the Employment Tribunal regarding a client’s claim of bullying and harassment against their employer.
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.”
Legal SecretaryHead of Administration
Julia Steen is our Head of Administration 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.
Over the years, Julia has assisted with many cases ranging from a client’s first Grievance, all the way through to Employment Appeal Tribunals. She understands that clients like to feel listened to and strives to ensure that our clients feel thoroughly looked after. Julia will make sure that clients and solicitors are kept up to date with any progress on their files, and that the excellent service provided is one that a client can expect from Lincs Law.
When Julia is not at work, she enjoys family time with her two children and challenging our Helen Moss in the gym, who apparently cannot be beaten at deadlifts!
Client Feedback for Julia
“Thank you for taking your time to listen to me, I appreciate it.”
“Keep smiling, it is nice to speak to someone so cheerful.”
Legal SecretaryEmployment Law Specialist
Helen Moss is a Legal Secretary here at Lincs Law Employment Solicitors. Helen has over 14 years’ experience working in administrative/secretarial roles in a variety of areas of law prior to joining us in December 2019.
In a former role, Helen has experience sitting behind Counsel at Court Hearings and preparing Court bundles. Helen is able to apply the skills learnt during this time to her current role here at Lincs Law, enabling her to perform tasks with care and work to required deadlines.
Helen’s many years of experience means she can provide an organised and efficient service to clients, ensuring documentation is drafted in an accurate and timely manner so clients are kept up to date and matters are progressed at a pace avoiding unnecessary delay. Helen believes that every client matters and deserves the same excellent service. She believes the client comes first and puts 100% effort into her role to provide assistance to the solicitors she works for to ensure they can, in turn, provide the best service possible.
When she is not at work, Helen likes to keep fit and spends time in her local gym. Helen also likes to ensure she makes time for socialising with family and friends.
Client Feedback for Helen
“Thank you to yourself and Kathryn for dealing with the case and offering me advice.”
“You guys were brilliant from start to finish, right from the first lady I spoke to on the phone.”