Why use a Solicitor?
Law firms are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”). This is important because, although many businesses and individuals offer employment law services, it is only through this level of authorisation and regulation that clients can be reassured about:
Solicitors must be registered on the Roll of Solicitors (or barristers with the Bar Council), have undergone practical training in addition to a law degree or conversion diploma, and must maintain professional standards by completing a minimum amount of training each year.
A high quality and comprehensive level of insurance cover is mandatory for solicitors to cover anything going wrong with their advice or representation. LincsLaw Solicitors cover is up to 3 million pounds per individual claim.
Full Regulation and Oversight
The SRA imposes and enforces very strict standards of professional conduct and discipline with regard to everything solicitors do. There is also a requirement to have a clear and accessible Complaints Policy in place (see our Legal and Compliance Section).
In simple terms, this means that any legal advice given to you by a solicitor will not be seen by any court or tribunal. It is unlikely that a non-qualified adviser will be protected in this way.
Why use LincsLaw?
Employment law has become increasingly involved and complex. Specialist knowledge is required to navigate the maze of legislation and case-law in this field. LincsLaw Solicitors is a specialist employment law firm in Lincoln. We can therefore deliver an expert service locally.
Whilst advising on employment law becomes increasingly specialised, accessing such advice is becoming more difficult due to the traditional hourly rate fee structures used by most law firms. Lincoln-based LincsLaw Solicitors provides employers and employees with employment law advice and assistance at a reasonable cost by using innovative fee models and structures, whilst at the same time providing the necessary bespoke advice from experienced and expert lawyers.
How we work
We are happy to deal with all telephone, email and website enquiries free of charge. If your situation requires further discussion we will meet with you for a Fixed Fee Consultation. Depending upon the nature of your problem, we will then discuss with you the most appropriate way forward, which includes your funding options for our ongoing advice and assistance.
We know many firms of solicitors claim to be open and transparent about their fees but then have no information about their charges on their website. That is not the way we do business and our latest fees information is always available on the Fees and Funding Section of our website.
Who we are
The team at LincsLaw are all qualified and experienced employment lawyers. The firm is owned and led by Managing Director Sally Hubbard. Sally qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and for the majority of her post-qualification experience has specialised in employment law. She has lived and practised in Lincolnshire for her entire career and has held a number of management and supervisory positions in both the public and private sector. She has extensive experience and expertise as an Employment Tribunal advocate. Sally is also LincsLaw’s Compliance Officer for Finance & Administration (COFA).
The second Director at LincsLaw is Steven Ratcliffe. Steven qualified as a barrister in 1984 and became an Accredited Mediator in 2011. He brings further employment law and regulatory experience to the firm. Throughout his career Steven has held a variety of management and supervisory posts and has worked in London, Greater Manchester, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire as well as Lincolnshire. He has vast experience as an advocate before a wide variety of Courts, Tribunals and Inquiries. Steven is also LincsLaw’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP).
What clients say about our lawyers
The lawyers at LincsLaw Solicitors have received the following comments (usually on a nice thank you card) -
Teacher client facing misconduct allegations
"The entire credit for me being able to attend and present my case is wholly as a result of the assistance and direction I have received from you from the time of our first meeting.....By itself, this would have been an incredibly proficient and valued service, but the thoughtful and sensitive manner of your management of the personal aspects involved gave me massive encouragement and reassurance. I cannot overstate my gratitude for this.."
Classroom assistant challenging a redundancy decision
"Thank you so much for all the help you gave me...I couldn't have done it without you."
Head of Service challenging unfair appraisal and performance review
"I am pleased its all over....I really appreciate your advice throughout, and want to say a huge thank you."
Executive challenging performance management procedures
You have helped me through a very difficult time. Thank you for your support, your tenacity, your humour, but mostly for inspiring me through"
Employer with difficult employee
"Thank you so much, without your help and guidance I would not have had the courage to tackle this situation....I am in no doubt that without your support [X's] misconduct would have just got worse".
Careworker with Settlement Agreement
"I cannot thank you enough for all your help....I really didn't think I had any alternatives but to take the money they offered. As you suggested, we're going to go on holiday with the extra you got for us"
Employment Law 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.
Employment Law Solicitor
Sophie Goodwill is a Specialist Employment Law Solicitor here at LincsLaw. 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 LincsLaw, 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!
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!).
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.