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Polly Rodway


“Polly is a very impressive and capable lawyer who always seems to have her client’s best interest at the heart of everything she does.” Chambers UK 2024

Polly has been practising employment law for nearly 15 years. She joined BDBF in its first year and became a Partner in June 2017. 

Polly advises both senior executives, and companies on employment related issues and uses this dual experience to give insightful and pragmatic advice. 

Polly is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers UK 2024 where she is described as “really impressive.” Clients say they “couldn’t expect better service from her.” She “was knowledgeable but combined that with pastoral support and empathy.” Polly is also named as a Next Generation Partner in the Legal 500 UK 2024 for her work for senior executives, and was recognised in the 12th edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Employment Law.

Her work for senior executives includes:

  • entering businesses and negotiating contracts of employment;
  • Negotiating severance and advising on exits, often high profile and contentious;
  • challenging grievance/disciplinary issues; 
  • representing clients in Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation, including:
    • discrimination and harassment claims;
    • whistleblowing claims;
    • equal pay claims; 
    • disputes relating to confidential information and post termination restrictions; and 
    • contractual disputes, including bonuses, and misrepresentation claims.

Polly is particularly noted as being an advocate for women including those who have been the subject of sex, and/or maternity discrimination and on senior executive equal pay disputes.  She has acted for a number of very senior and high profile female executives in the City of London.

Polly has hands on experience of Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation. She is also an experienced negotiator and has been praised for having fought for former clients with “vigour and dignity.”

On the employer side, Polly is a much trusted adviser to her corporate clients advising on all aspects of the employment relationship, from drafting contracts for employees, and directors, guiding HR processes, dealing with senior exits, and handling Employment Tribunal claims. She has long-standing relationships with clients in sectors including financial services, insurance, and media who comment on her ability to give commercial, legally sound solutions.

Polly enjoys training businesses on a range of employment related updates, delivering topical, engaging and practical sessions. Polly is a regular media commentator, having been quoted in the Guardian, the Times and BBC London Radio.  

Polly is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.  

Outside of work, she spends time with her three young children and husband in South West London, is a school Governor, and karaoke fan.

Polly was admitted as a solicitor in September 2009.