Polly Glynn

Polly Glynn


Polly Glynn is Deighton Pierce Glynn’s managing partner. Previously she was of the founding partners at Pierce Glynn. Polly qualified in 1993 working at Leigh Day and Fisher Meredith before establishing Pierce Glynn with Stephen Pierce in 1997.


Polly Glynn is a public law and human rights specialist with a particular interest in social welfare law. She has conducted judicial review claims in the High Court and on appeal to the Court of Appeal, and has brought cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

She has a broad range of public law expertise. Her current caseload includes a challenge to a high profile motorway build, and a number of cases for destitute migrants challenging the level of support provided under community care legislation. She has extensive experience of discrimination law, acting in the ECHR on a number of successful claims arising out of the discriminatory effect of the UK’s rules on widows’ benefits and tax allowances, and in relation to eligibility for housing. She also acts in relation to Equality Act damages particularly in a housing context.

Polly Glynn is recommended for public and administrative law and for civil liberties and human rights in the Chambers 2015 directory, which quotes clients saying she is “very supportive in a way that complements our own expertise, and working together with her is a pleasure.” And that “she’s very diligent, and she provides impartial advice which is really helpful in coming to a decision.”  She is also recognised as a leading individual in the Legal 500 directory for her work in Civil Liberties and Human Rights where she is described as “an expert in the field of civil liberties and human rights”.

Polly Glynn is also expert in housing cases, particularly in relation to public law issues and discrimination. She has a special interest in challenging decisions affecting vulnerable clients including those who lack mental capacity. She is recommended as a leading individual in social housing law in the Legal 500 directory, which reports that she is ‘bright and experienced’.

Sample Cases

Significant cases in which Polly has acted include:

R( MZ) Barking and Dagenham Council – successful challenge to decision and policy of awarding support to destitute families based on Child Benefit rates.

R(FM) v SSHD – challenge to decision not to award free school meals to those on section 4 support.

R(Friends of the Earth) v Welsh Ministers – challenge to building a motorway through Wetlands in South Wales.

R(McCarthy) v Basildon  Council – high profile challenge to eviction of travellers from Dale Farm Traveller site.

Bah v UK – challenge to European Court of  Human Rights concerning a parents eligibility for housing assistance where a child is ineligible on immigration grounds.

Doran v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Court of Appeal) – development of green belt for use as a gypsy and traveller caravan site

R (Adow) v LB Newham (High Court) – outsourcing of medical assessments for housing applicants was unlawful

R (Guiney) v LB Greenwich and Charlton Triangle Homes (Interested Party) (High Court) – unlawful failure to consult before granting planning permission for major development

Owens v The United Kingdom (European Court of Human Rights) – damages for non-payment of benefit in breach of Article 14 of the human rights convention

Hobbs Richard Walsh & Green v UK (European Court of Human Rights) – unlawful discrimination regarding tax allowances for widowers

R (Mani) v Lambeth LBC (Court of Appeal) – local authority obliged to assist disabled, destitute asylum seeker

R(B) v Lambeth LBC (High Court) – unlawful failure to provide after care services under Mental Health Act