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QEB News: Polly Dyer represents FCA in insider dealing trial
31.11.2016 More >

QEB News: Prosecution offer no evidence after complainant's evidence discredited in fraud and money laundering trial
20.06.2016 More >

QEB News: Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer act for appellant as Court of Appeal quash dishonesty convictions
19.10.2015 More >

QEB News: Polly Dyer represents care worker charged with fraud
14.7.2015 More >

QEB News: Operation Cotton: Case Concludes - Sean Larkin QC, Paul Raudnitz and Polly Dyer act for Financial Conduct Authority
2.6.2015 More >

QEB News: Tom Coke-Smyth and Polly Dyer provide Case Management training to members of the LBLA
18.11.2014 More >

QEB News: Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer speak at Leigh Day Solicitors on Coroners and Inquests
12.6.2014 More >

QEB News: Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer represent family at Inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot
10.1.2014 More >

QEB News: New Tenants
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Polly Dyer: Notable case

Inquest of Flt. Lt Sean Cunningham (2014)

 

29.01.2014

Coroner Stuart Fisher delivered his verdict today at the inquest of Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, the Red Arrows pilot who was ejected from his aircraft whilst it was still on the ground. Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer both of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers represented Flt Lt Cunningham's family together with Keith Barrett of Irwin Mitchell.

Read the BBC's report HERE.

The family issued the following statement to the media:

FLT. LT SEAN CUNNINGHAM (DECEASED)

Our Son Sean died aged 35 doing what he loved which was flying with the Red Arrows.  From the age of 17, he had wanted nothing more than to join the Royal Air Force and serve his country, which he did with utmost pride and sense of duty.  He served a number of tours in Iraq flying Tornados in close air support of coalition forces.  Sean’s death was a tragedy which we hope the evidence revealed in this Inquest, will help to avoid in the future. 

We are very grateful to the Coroner Mr Fisher for allowing a full exploration of how this tragic death occurred. 

We would also like to thank our wonderful and dedicated legal team, Tom Kark QC & Polly Dyer from QEB Hollis Whiteman and Keith Barrett from Irwin Mitchell, for helping us in testing the evidence presented to the Coroner of this Inquest, so as to reveal the full details and background leading up to Sean’s death on 8 November 2011.

We still find it difficult to accept that so many people could have missed, between Sean’s last sortie on Friday and the following Tuesday, what should have been obvious to those having a duty to ensure the safety of the seat, and we remain unconvinced as to that aspect of the Coroner’s finding.

Nevertheless we accept that how the seat firing handle came to be in a position where it could be inadvertently activated may never be fully understood.  

We welcome the conclusions of the Coroner which confirm what we knew all along, which is that Sean was blameless & his tragic death was preventable.  We therefore welcome the Coroner’s recommendations, which we hope and pray will ensure that no family such as ours, has to endure such a pointless and avoidable death.

We would appreciate your co-operation in allowing our family to have some privacy at this time.

JIM CUNNINGHAM

__________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Tom Kark QC questions ejection seat company about safety issue at the inquest of Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham.
21.01.2014

Tom Kark QC, at the inquest of Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham, asked Michael Cameron, former technical safety instructor at ejection seat manfacturer Martin Baker, about the history of a potential problem caused by over tightening a nut and bolt on the seat which, Mr Cameron admitted, he believed the company had been aware of for 20 years.

Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer represent the family of Red Arrow Flt. Lt Sean Cunningham who died after being ejected from his plane whilst it was still on the ground the inquest has heard. The inquest continues.

Read the BBC's report published 9th January HERE.

Read the BBC's report published 20th January HERE.

Notable cases:

R v Koort & Others
Polly Dyer was led by Tom Baker in a money laundering prosecution at the Central Criminal Court. Three defendants were convicted. Sentences imposed ranged from 11 years' imprisonment to 4 years' imprisonment.

Prosecution offer no evidence after complainant's evidence discredited in fraud and money laundering trial. (2016)
QEB Hollis Whiteman member Ben FitzGerald represented a former Chief Operating Officer and fellow member Polly Dyer represented her partner, who were charged with fraud and money laundering respectively.

Appeal quash dishonesty convictions (2015)
Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer act for appellant as Court of Appeal quash dishonesty convictions

Inquest into the death of P.S. (2015)
Polly Dyer represented the family of a woman who was hit by a bus when crossing Barnet High Street. She was instructed by L

R v S (2015)
Polly Dyer represented a care worker charged with 13 counts of fraud. She was accused of making a variety of fraudulent tran

Operation Cotton (2015)
Operation Cotton: Case Concludes - Sean Larkin QC, Paul Raudnitz and Polly Dyer act for Financial Conduct Authority

R v AS (2014)
Polly was instructed privately to appear for a defendant charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

GDC -v- Ross (2014)
Polly Dyer acted for the General Dental Council in a prosecution involving the illegal practice of tooth whitening.

Inquest of Flt. Lt Sean Cunningham (2014)
Death of a Red Arrow Pilot

R -v- PR (2014)
Polly Dyer acted for a defendant charged with two counts of theft and 12 counts of fraud.

R -v- JC (2014)
Polly Dyer acted for a defendant charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug.

Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry (2013)
Public Inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

Articles:

Disclosure and abuse of process
Polly Dyer reviews the Court of Appeal decision in R v R & Others [2015].
11.05.2016

Lexis PSL Corporate Crime analysis – Jason Mansell and Polly Dyer review trends in the prosecution of directors
9.2.2016

Ahmad and Fields- Clarification by the Supreme Court or a Precursor to More Litigation? Recent Developments on Restraint and Confiscation. Archbold Review, Issue 10, Dec
18.12.2014

Confiscation orders: The Supreme Court's decision in Ahmad and Fields, Fraud Intelligence,
17.10.2014

Inquests: changes introduced by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 - Polly Dyer
22.7.2014

Keeping “Proportionality” in Proportion: an Update on Waya and Confiscation
[2014] 2 Archbold Review 6 1.4.2014

TIME TO AGREE TERMS?
QEB Hollis Whiteman barrister Polly Dyer and HHJ Michael Hopmeier assess the role and likely impact of Deferred Prosecution A 20.9.2013

TS Today - August 2013. The Enterprise Act 2002
Polly Dyer has completed an article for August's addition of Trading Standards Today, in relation to The Enterprise Act 2002. 29.7.2013

Bail in Criminal Proceedings
"Bail in Criminal Proceedings", Westlaw UK Insight, 4th July 2013 4.7.2013

Confiscation Waya and other recent developments
"Confiscation: Waya and other recent developments" by Polly Dyer and Michael Hopmeier, Archbold Review, Issue 1, February 201 16.1.2013

First Time Offenders
"First-time Offenders", Westlaw UK Insight, 11 July 2013 14.1.2013