Sarah Bonser

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Sarah Bonser - Head of Planning, Highways & Property

I undertook my training contract in a local district council. I worked on a variety of different matters from civil and criminal litigation, contracts, commercial property and local government law. The work I enjoyed most was planning agreements and advice and when I qualified I began to specialise in this area.

I joined Kent County Council in 2008 and began to undertake highways work in addition to my planning practice, advising on a broad range of highways matters.

In 2009/2010 I was fortunate to act as legal advisor in the promotion of a Private Act of Parliament – The Kent County Council (Filming on Highways) Act 2010. Attending Committees in the House of Commons and House of Lords is certainly a career highlight!

I have also been able to undertake a secondment to a district council and firmly believe that spending time getting to know our clients is the best way to ensure we are able to meet their needs.

In 2016 I was promoted to leading the Planning & Highways Team and am now the Head of Group for Planning, Highways & Property which includes both the Planning & Highways and Property Teams here at Invicta Law. My main practice area is planning and I advise on s106 agreements for developments of all sizes.

I am also the Training Principal and greatly enjoy training and mentoring our new recruits during the first steps in their legal careers.

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Client testimonials

“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.”
Planning & Highways Client
“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.”
Chair of School Governors
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
Private Sector Town Planning & Development Consultancy
“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.”
Planning & Highways Client
“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.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
“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.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service

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