Nina Lingard

Principal Solicitor

About Nina Lingard

After completing her Common Professional Exam and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law at Chester in 1998 and training in private practice, Nina qualified as a Solicitor in January 2001. She achieved a Masters in Employment Law in 2002 from the University of Central Lancashire, qualified as an accredited mediator in 2005 and was recommended in the Legal 500. Nina joined Invicta as a consultant in July 2021 having worked with several large LA in-house legal teams.

As well as advising on all aspects of employment law, Nina was the first solicitor in the UK to deal with matters under the Joint Negotiating Committee for Chief Officers of Local Authorities (JNC) Handbook and reported her findings back to the JNC. She has driven investigation and disciplinary committee (IDC) matters relating to statutory officers including Chief Executives, Monitoring Officers and s151 Officers. Nina has worked closely with several Monitoring Officers to compile reports and advise and train committees ensuring that the JNC Handbook is followed to the letter.

Nina has addressed a number of standards complaints against councillors, reviewed findings and liaised with the relevant Independent Persons (IPs).

Nina has drafted amendments to several Council’s Constitutions and presented reports to Constitutional Review Committees.

Areas of expertise

  • Employment

Client testimonials

“Kent County Council’s 18+ service is supported by the Invicta Law asylum team providing impeccable legal advice in assisting our service to support asylum seeking care leavers in Kent.”
Leaving Care Service - Kent County Council
“The Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking (UAS) Children’s Service is grateful for the support your team provides in defending its age assessments and responding to UAS child-related legal matters. I and the Service look forward to working with you in 2024-25.’ ”
UAS Children’s Service - Kent County Council
“South East Strategic Migration Partnership (SESPM) have worked successfully with Invicta Law over a number of years and their support, advice and training has been a key element to our work in this field. They have offered value for money training which has received extremely high levels of positive feedback from participating local authorities in the South East. Our experience is that the advice and training, especially related to Age Assessments and undertaking Human Rights Assessments, has been particularly helpful for local authorities here. ”
South East Strategic Migration Partnership
“The service so far has very good feedback for both of your case holders assisting. We thank you again for your supplemental service to Lambeth ASC at this very busy time for our in-house legal team.”
Community Care - London Borough of Lambeth
“The services we have had from Invicta Law have been excellent, both from the legal discussions but also the support we have received to increase my staff’s knowledge of the age assessment process. There have been times during some of our most challenging periods when I have communicated with members of your team at weekends and out of office hours, and the colleagues we have worked with have gone above and beyond in helping us in Torbay.”
Children's Services - Torbay Council
“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 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

News & Blogs

Navigating Employment Law Changes: A Guide for Public Sector Employers

27th Mar 2024

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Employment Status and Why It Matters - Part II

27th Mar 2024

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How to Foster the Right Data Protection Culture

27th Mar 2024

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