Diane Hayes

Senior Legal Assistant

About Diane Hayes

I spent 3 years working at a Land registry before becoming a legal advisor working in local government in 1987. I then qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1999.

I have over 30 years’ experience working for the public sector, including local government and parish councils.

During that time, I have worked on a variety of conveyancing matters including commercial property acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold property, nursery leases, auction sales, grant of easements and statutory undertaker rights, reports on title, academy leases, Land Compensation Act – Part 1 payments, registration of unregistered land.

I specialise in acquisitions under the compulsory purchase Acts, statutory transfers pursuant to the various Education Acts, and loans the Empty Property Scheme.

Areas of expertise

  • Property
  • Conveyancing
  • Acquisitions
Diane uses her over 30 years' of experience to provide expert support to the Property team and to clients

Diane uses her over 30 years’ of experience to provide expert support to the Property team and to clients

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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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