Polly Jeanneret

Polly Jeanneret

Senior Consultant



Polly has successfully developed a longstanding client base of SMEs in business consulting, tech/internet, PR, estate offices/private individuals, financial services including: a private investment bank and an associated charitable foundation, an internationally-expanding consulting firm, and a retail brand. She advises on a full range of HR/employment law issues mainly acting for employers and helps them to manage their employee-related disputes. Polly is responsive and commercial in approach.

Polly has been at Ignition since January 2000. Her legal career started at Charles Russell in the City. In 2006, she then became one of the first generation of ‘agile’ lawyers, developing her own independent practice within the umbrella firm, Halebury, before bringing her clients to Ignition.


Relevant experience includes:

  • Advising employers on redundancies, restructures
  • Helping with performance management processes and issues of capability
  • Advising employers with sickness absence cases, disability discrimination
  • Acting as in-house counsel to clients dealing with foreign jurisdictions/employment
  • Helping employers with grievances, disciplinary matters, dismissal
  • Drafting contracts, handbooks, considering best practice/market benchmarks on polices and procedures

Fine Print


I cover all areas of employment law, which I have been practising since I qualified at City outfit, Charles Russell LLP in 1998. I trained at the College of Law (now ULaw) receiving a commendation in both of my years there. I have a 2.i degree in Modern History from Wadham College, Oxford.


I also work as a legal and current affairs journalist under the name of Polly Botsford. I have written for The Times, Prospect magazine and more latterly with online platform, Legal Cheek, and the Law Society Gazette.

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For me, society starts right on my front door so I focus on the problems in my immediate community

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