Polly Glynn Shortlisted for Law Society Excellence “Woman Lawyer of the Year” Award

Deighton Pierce Glynn welcomes the shortlisting of  Polly Glynn for the 2018 Law Society Excellence Awards as Woman Lawyer of the Year in a profession where women continue to be underrepresented at senior levels.

Polly is DPG’s managing partner having founded Pierce Glynn alongside Stephen Pierce in 1997 and is now recognised as one of the UK’s top ranked public lawyers for her work in civil liberties, community care and human rights.  She has led DPG during a challenging time for Legal Aid firms following severe cuts in funding. Despite these challenges, she ensured that DPG continues to represent the most vulnerable in society while challenging inequality, discrimination and human rights abuses.

She has acted in a string of discrimination law test cases including for travellers, disabled or mentally ill clients, migrant children and set up the “PAP Project” with frontline organisations such as the Asylum Support Appeals Project and British Red Cross to assist in challenging unlawful decisions made by public bodies which lead to people becoming destitute.

Polly is also currently instructed in post Brexit litigation which compelled the Electoral Commission to investigate Vote Leave Finance.

Sylvia Ingmire, Roma Support Group

“In the absence of Legal Aid, it is more important than ever to continue challenging social inequality.  It requires vision, innovative thinking and willingness to take risks. … In other words, it needs more lawyers like Polly.”

Claire Brand, Service Manager, Refugee Support Service – London, British Red Cross:

“Our frontline casework team in London have been incredibly fortunate to trial the public law project that Polly developed and is now rolling out nationally. We work with an incredibly marginalised client group many of whom are street homeless and face significant mental and physical health problems. Through Polly’s guidance and support our team have been able to ensure many of them are able to access their basic rights, often simply a bed for the night.”