Polly Glynn

Polly Glynn


Polly Glynn is Deighton Pierce Glynn’s managing partner and one of the firm’s founding partners. She qualified in 1993 having trained at Leigh Day and Fisher Meredith solicitors.


Polly Glynn is a public law and human rights specialist. She has conducted judicial review claims in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court and has brought multiple cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Polly has a broad range of public law expertise, and works mainly on large or systemic challenges and particular issues around destitution.

Polly set up and is running the The PAP Project, an innovative & successful scheme that enables front line organisations to do the initial legal work to challenge unlawful decisions made by public bodies, particularly around destitution. Watch below a video describing the scheme.

Polly 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 claims.

Polly Glynn is recommended for public and administrative law and for civil liberties and human rights in the Chambers 2020 directory, which states she is “highly rated for her work on judicial review proceedings, with particular expertise in human rights, discrimination and election law”.

Quotes from directory: “She is very innovative and forward-thinking.” “She is really wonderful, she is our hero.” “She is so speedy, so effective and so good with clients who are quite vulnerable.” “She is very measured, diligent and engaged; she is all the things you could want.” “Really accessible and able to turn legalese into something that’s easy to understand.”

Polly is also recognised in the Legal 500 directory “Hall of Fame” for her work in Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
In October 2018 she was highly commended in the Law Society Excellence Awards.

Sample Cases

Significant cases in which Polly has acted include:

R(DMA) v SSHD – systemic challenge to delays in the provision of section 4 support

Good Law Project v Electoral Commission –challenge to decisions not to investigate irregularities in donations made by Vote Leave and to the Electoral Commission’s guidance on whether “donations” can be “referendum expenses” now awaiting leave to appeal in the Supreme Court.

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.