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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 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 the department's family law specialist. She is a trustee of the charity The Transparency Project, which aims to demystify family law. She is the Case Editor of the Financial Remedies Journal and manages a team of barristers who summarise all published financial remedy judgments.
She is the sole author of a 900-page family law textbook Family Law (Oxford University Press 2021) and has contributed the chapter on financial remedies in both editions of another textbook also titled Family Law (editor Ruth Lamont) (Oxford University Press 2018, and 2nd edn 2022). She has also published various articles and a number of posts for the Transparecy Project blog.
She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Authority and holds a diploma in HE Practice.
Polly is director of UEA's multi award-winning law clinic, holds a solicitor's practising certificate and volunteers for Norfolk Community Law Service's free family law advice service. She also runs the Norfolk Family Court Information website which provides guidance for people representing themselves in family court.
As the University's Governance and Misconduct Advisor she advises the university on governance and compliance issues and particularly complex issues relating to student discipline or fitness to practise. She is the author of a number of university policies.
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.
Polly is module leader and sole tutor on the Adult Relationships Law and Child Law modules, which are very popular option choices. Polly supervises dissertations in the areas of family law.
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