James Pigott - Director Group Practice (COLP)
I am frequently given opportunities to hone my skills and, after over thirty years in law, I still come into work and feel inspired.
When I joined Kent County Council in 2009 I was made responsible for leading the Property team. After 3 years I was promoted so that I had responsibility for all the non-contentious lawyers dealing with Property, Planning and Highways, Contracts and Procurement. After that, I became Head of Law and now I am one of the Directors of Invicta Law Limited. I have been Director of Compliance and am now Director Group Practice.
I am part of the management team that is responsible for leading and building the business. As Director of Compliance, part of my role was to ensure that Invicta Law complies with its professional responsibilities and that our work meets the very high standards required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, ISO, LEXCEL and most importantly our clients. I am now Director Group Practice, which involves leading and developing our lawyers and their support staff and line managing our legal practice Heads of Group to ensure we continue to deliver exceptional service to our clients. I also am responsible for developing relationships with key clients and working with our lawyers to develop the business.
I think the company appeals to adaptable individuals who are ready to take ownership of their ideas and rise to challenges. It’s a friendly, supportive environment where hard work is recognised and innovation positively encouraged and supported. We want to help our lawyers and all support staff to fulfil their potential and build satisfying careers. This is something I care passionately about.
I want all our lawyers to really understand our client’s business, have open minds, a strong knowledge of the law and great communication skills. Communication is vital to developing excellent relationships with clients, reaching a level of mutual respect and trust that is essential to get the right results. As lawyers, we need to be trusted advisors. This takes time but is one of the greatest rewards of a career in law.
I have frequently been given opportunities to develop my skills in different environments and to learn new ones. After over thirty years in law, I still come into work and face new challenges. No two days are the same.
“Sarah provides excellent advice, often off the cuff at the end of the phone when urgent matters arise. She is extremely good at explaining the intricacies of planning law in layman’s terms, which is very much appreciated. Sarah is a reliable and conscientious colleague who I do not hesitate to contact for guidance and clarity in often high-pressured situations. She is well respected amongst her peers and colleagues, and officers very much appreciate her knowledge and calming influence.”
“I am writing in praise of your support. As someone in the firing line of an ultra-aggressive legal team for the first time in my life, this was a traumatic and, at times, upsetting process. You were at my side, dispensing wise and calming counsel throughout. You have been readily available when crises occurred, have been a wonderful listener and, in the end, we reached an outcome that was highly satisfactory for our school and its pupils. I cannot speak highly enough of the way that you handled this case, and I thank you and your firm for the support you gave me. Being a chair of governors, sworn to confidentiality, can be a lonely business! You kept me sane.”
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
“The whole team at Invicta Law are really professional, efficient and courteous in their approach to our Development Agreement works. This I find makes my role much easier particularly when this is a specialist subject that I often need to seek their advice with.”
“The experience has been really top end. Rather than just offering the options, they have given some real solid advice on the best route. It's a good business 'partnering' approach.”
“Their employment advice has always proved to be sound. I’ve worked with lots of different lawyers in London boroughs and. I’d also say that Invicta Law is the most solution-focused.”
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