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Polly Blenkin



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Polly is one of the founding partners of Milberg London and a member of the senior management team. Polly is the firm’s Anti-money laundering officer, HR partner and has also previously held the role of Training Principal.

Polly began her career training and qualifying at Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP in London. At Paul Hastings she got early exposure to high-profile commercial litigation but spent the majority of her time undertaking transactional work on commercial real estate debt securitisations, loan servicing, structured finance and restructuring deals. Although this was not a path that Polly ultimately pursued, she continues to harness and redeploy the transactional experience she gained in those early years to the benefit of her clients today. Having put deal documents together gives Polly a unique understanding of how to pick them apart in the context of a dispute. Not many litigators have worked on the documents from those two very different perspectives. Her ability to navigate through complex financial documents comes in particularly helpful when drafting and reviewing litigation funding agreements, something Milberg London do plenty of.

From Paul Hastings, Polly moved to the Finance and Banking disputes team in Mishcon de Reya’s leading litigation practice. Polly spent over 5 years in this team working on a broad range of commercial litigation disputes valued in the several thousands up to the several billions. It was here that Polly met co-founders James Oldnall, Edward Cardington and James Taylor and began building a claimant orientated disputes practice that increasingly had a consumer flavour. In particular, Polly spent several years successfully representing a number of small business owners in miss-selling claims against some of the UK’s biggest high street banks. As a rising star, her work on two cases featured in the top 20 cases of 2016 in leading industry magazine “The Lawyer”.

Polly now specialises in group claims against large institutional defendants and is part of the team at Milberg London acting on behalf of tens of thousands of motorists in various emissions claims. Polly also continues to work on general commercial disputes and investigations within Milberg London’s Commercial Litigation practice.

Outside of the law, Polly is also a founding committee member for The AdAmi Project and serves on the charity’s board of trustees. The AdAmi Project supports young mothers in Sierra Leone. Polly is a fan of 90s pop music and a keen footballer, playing 5-aside and 11-aside matches most weeks.

Polly is recognised as a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500.

In 2022, Polly was named as one of three finalists in the Solicitor of the Year category at The Inspiration Women in Law Awards. Polly was also a finalist for the Law Firm Leader of the Year (Small-to-Medium-Sized Practice) in the Women and Diversity in Law Awards 2023.

Legal500 Award