Associate Solicitor Rural

Diane France

Role: Associate Solicitor
Dept: Rural
Location: Blackburn
Direct Dial: 01254 686207
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Diane is an associate solicitor in our Rural department based at our Blackburn office. She provides advice and assistance to businesses and individuals across the rural sector on aspects including land and property sales and purchases, granting or surrender of easements, development clawback and option agreements, partnership agreements and dissolutions and agricultural tenancy matters.


Having grown up on a sheep and dairy farm and still being actively involved where possible, Diane brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the rural law sector.


Diane joined Napthens in 2015 as a Solicitor having completed her Law Degree at Lancaster University and thereafter completing the Bar at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009 and qualifying as a Barrister. Diane then cross qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 after training at Keoghs LLP in Bolton. Daine is a recommended Lawyer in the industry 'bible' Legal 500.

Diane was a member of Chipping Young Farmers Club and regularly attends local agricultural shows.

More about Diane France

Describe yourself in 3 words:
Approachable, loyal and determined

How do you like to relax out of work?
When I am not looking after animals and helping out on the farm, I will probably be engaged in some form of motorsport activity.

What is your proudest achievement? (work or non-work related)
My proudest achievement was completing the Bar and qualifying as a Barrister. It enabled me to cross qualify as a Solicitor and join Napthens which I have always wanted since doing work experience in the Preston office when I was at school.

If you had an alternative career – what would be your fantasy job?
A zoo keeper or an animal rescuer