Jennifer Bale


About Jennifer Bale

Jennifer was educated at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) and the College of Law, Guildford. She undertook her training contract with a local authority in-house legal team and qualified as a solicitor in 2014. Jennifer continued to work in local government as a planning solicitor undertaking a wide variety of planning work until joining Invicta Law in 2021.

She has experience working on a full range of planning matters and has drafted and negotiated numerous s106 obligations securing relevant infrastructure, mitigation, contributions and affordable housing as well as viability and extra care housing provisions. Jennifer has dealt with a number of s106 obligations required at appeal and has drafted various deeds of variation required, for instance, in relation to s73 applications.

Within planning enforcement, Jennifer has experience providing legal advice in relation to all aspects, from the initial investigation stage through to the appeal stage. She has advised in relation to planning contravention notices, drafted, issued and served various enforcement notices, stop notices, temporary stop notices, breach of condition notices and s215 (untidy land) notices. Jennifer has also instructed counsel in relation to planning enforcement appeals and injunction proceedings in the High Court.

She has also assisted clients in defending appeals, statutory challenges and judicial reviews, and has regularly attended and advised planning committees and provided legal advice in relation to planning policy, permitted development, lawful development certificates, tree preservation orders and footpath diversion orders.

Jennifer also has experience of drafting and negotiating nomination agreements usually required pursuant to the affordable housing provisions in a s106 Obligation.

Areas of expertise

  • Planning
  • s106 Obligations
  • Planning Enforcement
  • Judicial Reviews
Clients have praised Jennifer for her ability to translate complicated legal issues into clear, concise and practical advice

Clients have praised Jennifer for her ability to translate complicated legal issues into clear, concise and practical advice


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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