Nagla Stevens

Senior Solicitor

About Nagla Stevens

I am a Senior Solicitor with 14 years’ experience in Invicta Law’s Planning and Highways team. I was educated at University of West London, UCL and the College of Law London and qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and joined Invicta Law in 2019. I have worked for both Central Government Organisations and Local Authorities.

I was a planning lawyer in a central London local authority for many years, working on a full range of planning matters, including: ‘JR proofing’ reports to planning committee with a view to avoiding legal challenges, attending planning committee to advise officers and councillors during the decision-making process, assisting officers in the preparation for both large scale and small scale public inquiries, defending statutory challenges and judicial reviews; drafting and negotiating a variety of section 106 agreements.

I also have experience in advising in respect of the service of planning enforcement notices and the grant of advertisement consent including enforcement thereof, drafting section 177 Highways licences and sections 38/278 Highways Agreements, advising in respect of stopping up orders and tree preservation orders, considering heritage and conservation issues including Article IV Directions and providing advice in relation to all documents encompassed in the development framework and assisting in the preparation of planning policy.

During my time with the Government Legal Department, Nagla also acted as a litigator advising the Planning Inspectorate, the Secretary of State, the Welsh Ministers and Department for Transport in relation to planning and highways related litigation in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

I have experience in drafting secondary legislation, giving me a unique set of skills. Clients have commended my pragmatism and focus on delivering practical solutions to those I advise.

Areas of expertise

  • Planning
  • JR Proofing
  • Highways
Nagla has been praised for pragmatism and focus on delivering practical solutions to those she advises.

Nagla has been praised for pragmatism and focus on delivering practical solutions to those she advises.

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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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