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Polly Sweeney

Polly Sweeney


“Polly’s experience in this area shone through from the start. She is tenacious and we know we are in very safe hands with her and her team.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019 – Education: Individuals – UK Wide

“She has the brilliant blend of being compassionate and really sharp and intelligent.”  – Chambers and Partners, 2020 – Court of Protection: Health and Welfare – UK Wide

Polly is a nationally recognised expert in public law and human rights with a strong commitment to access to justice and promoting the rights of vulnerable people.

She is the Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee and a contributing author to the leading publication LAG Disabled Children Handbook (2nd and 3rd editions). She regularly provides training to organisations as well as individuals promoting awareness of legal rights and duties.

Polly specialises in education, community care, healthcare and medical treatment, and the Court of Protection, and has a particular interest in cases involving children and young people. She is Accredited Legal Representative under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Scheme and able to act for individuals in applications challenging the deprivation of their liberty.

Polly was named “Gazette Legal Personality of the Year” at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2020 for her ‘high profile campaigning role in litigation to maintain the educational rights of children with special educational needs’.

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