Biography

Polly is a solicitor and former Partner of a specialist family law firm which she co-founded.  A double graduate of UEA (LLB Law and LLM Family Law and Policy with distinction), she has recently returned to UEA after a decade of legal practice, in order to teach. Polly has also taught at both Keele University, where she received awards from both the university and students for her work in supporting law students, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, where she taught client care and legal research.

Polly is also a specialist copy editor of legal and other academic books, particularly those which are for dual US-UK publication.

Key Research Interests

Polly’s interests are in the area of family law, particularly the regulation of adult relationships and the financial consequences of family breakdown. As a practitioner, she specialised in high net worth ancillary relief and in complex trusts of land disputes. She also has considerable experience of private child law cases including those in which alienation or inappropriate sexual behaviour by a parent is a factor.

Polly is also interested in issues surrounding the legal regulation of sexuality and gender identity

Teaching Interests

Polly is module leader and sole tutor on the Adult Relationships Law and Child Law modules, which are very popular option choices.  She also teaches on the Law in Practice module, incorporating her experience as a solicitor and founding Partner of a law firm. She also teaches on the Legal Method module.  Finally, Polly supervises dissertations in the areas of family law and feminist legal theory.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Polly remains closely involved with local family lawyers, as a former chair of a group of approximately 40 specialist collaboratively-trained family lawyers and associated professionals (the Good Divorce Group Norfolk); a former committee member of the Norfolk & Norwich Law Society; and as a present committee member of both Norfolk Resolution (a practitioner best practice and lobbying group) and Norfolk LGBT History Society.
  • Polly organises a popular annual training day for local family law practitioners.
  • She is also involved in a number of other activities including the Norfolk Gender and Sexuality Reading Group and local International Day of the Girl Events.