• A bright, astute and articulate junior, sought after by all who work with her.

    Corporate & Financial Crime

    Polly Dyer specialises in defending and prosecuting criminal cases at all levels, with an emphasis on financial crime. She is regularly instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority and frequently defends and prosecutes individuals charged with fraud and money laundering offences. She has a particular expertise in confiscation, having written extensively on the topic. She provides advice on financial regulatory matters. Polly was elected chair of the Female Fraud Forum. 

    Crime

    Impressive experience of a wide range of crimes and tribunals; Polly is an accomplished criminal advocate.  She has experience of being led and sole junior for both the prosecution and the defence.

    Regulatory

    Polly appears before numerous professional disciplinary tribunals both for the regulator and the professional.  She has experience of the interface between professional regulation and crime and public law; she has developed substantial expertise in coronial proceedings, and has public inquiry experience. 

    Public Law

    Polly Dyer has an abundance of knowledge and experience in the field.  She has been instructed as sole and led counsel, often being led by prominent Silks.  Her work in the inquisitorial system has included working for core participants and interested parties in Inquiries and Inquests.

    Reviews 

    Legal 500 2017: Fraud: Crime - Tier 4

    'She is a machine when it comes to processing work, marshalling arguments and presenting them.' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    'A very good up-and-coming barrister, who is concise, articulate and shows great promise.' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2017)

    Education History

    • 1st class BA (Hons) University of Warwick.
    • Graduate Diploma in Law
    • Bar Vocational Course
    • Jules Thorn Scholarship, Middle Temple
    • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple

    Professional Memberships

    • Chair of the Female Fraud Forum
    • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
    • Bar Pro Bono Unit
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Health and Safety Lawyers Association

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    Recent Cases

    • Eleanor Laws QC and Polly Dyer represented Professor Ariel Lant who was accused of 11 counts of sexual assault upon 10 ex patients.

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    • Polly Dyer was instructed by the FCA as part of the prosecution team which secured the conviction of four defendants in charges arising from a fraudulent investment scheme in which over 300 investors lost over £1.4m. The scheme involved the sale of shares...

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    • (As mentioned in CrimeLine 28.02.17), Polly Dyer appeared in a case stated that addressed citizens’ power to arrest under s. 24A(1)(b) of PACE. The case of R. v Self (Graham) [1992] 1 W.L.R. 657 was considered.    

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    • 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. The case concerned the payment of recruitment fees ...

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    • Tom Baker led Polly Dyer in a £30m money-laundering prosecution at the Central Criminal Court. Three defendants were convicted. Sentences imposed ranged from 11 years' imprisonment to 4 years' imprisonment. The investigation was a joint NCA and COLP opera...

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    News

    • London Legal Walk 2018

      QEB Hollis Whiteman are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

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    • Eleanor Laws QC & Polly Dyer successfully defended Professor Lant

      Professor Ariel Lant, represented by Eleanor Laws QC and Polly Dyer, at Southwark Crown Court, was today acquitted of 11 counts of sexual assault upon 10 ex patients. 

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    • Polly Dyer acts for FCA to secure Operation Cotton confiscation orders

      Polly Dyer acted as junior counsel for the FCA in the confiscation hearings against the last two defendants convicted as a result of Operation Cotton one of the FCA's largest investigations. Confiscation orders have now been made against all of the eight ...

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    • Polly Dyer represents FCA in insider dealing trial

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Polly Dyer, led by Andrew Marshall of 18 Red Lion Court, represented the Financial Conduct Authority at the Central Criminal Court in the trial of a Logica analyst and his neighbour for insider dealing. On day three of the trial...

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    • Prosecution offer no evidence after complainant's evidence discredited in fraud and money laundering trial

      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. The case concerned the payment of recruitment fees ...

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    • Inquest of Capt. Thomas Clarke - Linda Strudwick and Polly Dyer represent the family of Lynx pilot

      Coroner Darren Salter delivered his narrative verdict today at the inquest into the deaths of five servicemen who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Linda Strudwick and Polly Dyer from QEB Hollis Whiteman represented the family of the pilot...

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    • Polly Dyer appointed chair of Female Fraud Forum

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Polly Dyer has been appointed chair of the Female Fraud Forum, an association aimed at solicitors, barristers and accountants who work in financial regulation and the criminal and civil fraud sector. Its purpose is to foster, en...

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    • Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer act for appellant as Court of Appeal quash dishonesty convictions

      Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer successfully appeal convictions, based upon allegations of theft of investors' funds, to the full court. Paul was instructed post-conviction and sentence to review the case and seek to find any arguable grounds. The central...

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    • Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer act for appellant as Court of Appeal quash dishonesty convictions

      Paul Wakerley and Polly Dyer successfully appeal convictions, based upon allegations of theft of investors' funds, to the full court. Paul was instructed post-conviction and sentence to review the case and seek to find any arguable grounds. The central...

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    • Polly Dyer represents care worker charged with fraud

      Polly Dyer represented a care worker charged with 13 counts of fraud. She was accused of making a variety of fraudulent transactions using the bank cards of one of the individuals for whom she cared. The case was document heavy and involved exploring the ...

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

      One of the largest criminal prosecutions undertaken by the FCA concluded with convictions of all eight defendants.

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    • Tom Coke-Smyth and Polly Dyer provide Case Management training to members of the LBLA

      Tom & Polly today lead a half day seminar ‘Foundations for Successful Case Management; building a strong case’ for members of the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA). The LBLA is a collaborative partnership of London local authority legal...

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    • Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer speak at Leigh Day Solicitors on Coroners and Inquests

      Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer gave a talk entitled ‘Coroners & Inquests – developments and practicalities’ to lawyers at personal injury solicitors Leigh Day.   Tom and Polly illustrated the talk with examples from the recent inquest into t...

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    • Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer represent family at Inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot

      Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham who died after being ejected from his plane whilst it was still on the ground the inquest has heard.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A financial crime specialist, Polly Dyer demonstrates knowledge, judgement, expertise and advocacy beyond her years.

    Overview

    Polly Dyer specialises in defending and prosecuting criminal cases at all levels, with an emphasis on financial crime. She is regularly instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority and frequently defends and prosecutes individuals charged with fraud and money laundering offences. She has a particular expertise in confiscation, having written extensively on the topic. She provides advice on financial regulatory matters. Polly was elected chair of the Female Fraud Forum.  

    Experience

    Polly Dyer has experience acting in serious and complex criminal cases; she is currently instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) as second junior and disclosure counsel in the FCA’s first criminal prosecution of a “land banking” fraud.  She has, as such, a detailed knowledge of the law on disclosure.

    She has an in-depth understanding of the law and procedure relating to confiscation (both under POCA and the previous legislation) and enforcement based on practical experience, and has written extensively on the subject of economic crime (“Keeping Proportionality in Proportion: an Update on Waya and Confiscation” [2014] Archbold Review; “Time to Agree Terms?” [2013] The New Law Journal; “Confiscation: Waya and other Recent Developments” [2013] Archbold Review).

    She has prosecuted for the Department for Work and Pensions on a number of occasions and has been instructed on behalf of defendants, advising on confiscation matters and acting in enforcement proceedings.  Additionally, during pupillage, Polly assisted in a variety of prosecutions, including multi-handed serious fraud and money laundering cases and those brought by the Financial Services Authority (as it then was) and the Serious Fraud Office.

    Polly is currently advising a party in relation to ENRC and the SFO's investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption.

    Notable Cases

    Operation Cotton (2015)
    Acted as junior counsel in Operation Cotton, one of the largest criminal prosecutions ever undertaken by the FCA, which concluded with the convictions of all eight defendants.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2017: Fraud: Crime - Tier 4

    'She is a machine when it comes to processing work, marshalling arguments and presenting them.' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2018)

    'A very good up-and-coming barrister, who is concise, articulate and shows great promise.' Legal 500 Fraud: Crime (2017)

    Recent Cases

    • Polly Dyer was instructed by the FCA as part of the prosecution team which secured the conviction of four defendants in charges arising from a fraudulent investment scheme in which over 300 investors lost over £1.4m. The scheme involved the sale of shares...

    • 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. The case concerned the payment of recruitment fees ...

    • Tom Baker led Polly Dyer in a £30m money-laundering prosecution at the Central Criminal Court. Three defendants were convicted. Sentences imposed ranged from 11 years' imprisonment to 4 years' imprisonment. The investigation was a joint NCA and COLP opera...

    News

    • Polly Dyer acts for FCA to secure Operation Cotton confiscation orders

      Polly Dyer acted as junior counsel for the FCA in the confiscation hearings against the last two defendants convicted as a result of Operation Cotton one of the FCA's largest investigations. Confiscation orders have now been made against all of the eight ...

    • Polly Dyer represents FCA in insider dealing trial

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Polly Dyer, led by Andrew Marshall of 18 Red Lion Court, represented the Financial Conduct Authority at the Central Criminal Court in the trial of a Logica analyst and his neighbour for insider dealing. On day three of the trial...

    • Prosecution offer no evidence after complainant's evidence discredited in fraud and money laundering trial

      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. The case concerned the payment of recruitment fees ...

    • Polly Dyer appointed chair of Female Fraud Forum

      QEB Hollis Whiteman member Polly Dyer has been appointed chair of the Female Fraud Forum, an association aimed at solicitors, barristers and accountants who work in financial regulation and the criminal and civil fraud sector. Its purpose is to foster, en...

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

      One of the largest criminal prosecutions undertaken by the FCA concluded with convictions of all eight defendants.

    Articles

  • An empathetic, articulate and persuasive advocate, Polly Dyer impresses all who instruct her.

    Overview

    Impressive experience of a wide range of crimes and tribunals; Polly is an accomplished criminal advocate.  She has experience of being led and sole junior for both the prosecution and the defence.

    Experience

    Polly has extensive experience of advising on criminal matters and conducting trials and other hearings from the Youth Court to the Magistrates’ and Crown Court, both defending and prosecuting.

    Appearing alone, she has defended in cases involving fraud, serious violence, drugs possession and supply, weapon possession, robbery, burglary, arranging the commission of child sex offences, threats to kill, and public order and road traffic offences.

    She is a level 2 prosecutor with substantial experience of appearing for the Crown. In 2012 she was seconded to the CPS within the Special Operations Unit, which was established to prosecute offences arising out of the London riots. Polly has also prosecuted for the Probation Service.

    Polly is sensitive to the issues relating to young defendants and has advised and represented vulnerable adults and young people.  She has considerable experience of mitigating on behalf of defendants where there are aggravating factors. 

    As a pupil, she assisted in preparing the defence case in the third Victoria Station murder trial which lasted five months at the Central Criminal Court, having assisted in the first Victoria Station trial. Also as a pupil, she was involved in the case for one of the defendants charged with murder in the Camberwell toddler arson murder.

    Polly has appeared on behalf of local councils including, for example, in cases involving statutory nuisance.

    She is regularly instructed on a private basis in driving matters: she has successfully defended clients charged with drink driving and other offences and has mitigated on behalf of others who have pleaded guilty, for example, to driving without due care and attention.

    Polly is currently junior counsel to Eleanor Laws QC in the defence of a professor for historic indecent assault.

    Notable Cases

    R v S (2015)
    Represented a care worker charged with 13 counts of fraud. She was accused of making a variety of fraudulent transactions using the bank cards of one of the individuals for whom she cared. The case was document heavy and involved exploring the issue of the reliability of the complainant's memory and the instruction of a variety of experts.

    R v B (2015)
    Successfully appealed convictions, based upon allegations of theft of investors' funds, to the full court at the Court of Appeal.

    R v AS (2014)
    Instructed privately to appear for a defendant charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, one count of burglary and one count of theft. A successful half time submission was made in respect of the burglary and theft charges, with the defendant being acquitted of the ABH count by the jury.

    R v PR (2014)
    Acted for a defendant charged with two counts of theft and 12 counts of fraud. The Prosecution offered no evidence on all 14 counts. This case involved police identifications from CCTV.

    Recent Cases

    • Eleanor Laws QC and Polly Dyer represented Professor Ariel Lant who was accused of 11 counts of sexual assault upon 10 ex patients.

    • Tom Baker led Polly Dyer in a £30m money-laundering prosecution at the Central Criminal Court. Three defendants were convicted. Sentences imposed ranged from 11 years' imprisonment to 4 years' imprisonment. The investigation was a joint NCA and COLP opera...

    News

    • Eleanor Laws QC & Polly Dyer successfully defended Professor Lant

      Professor Ariel Lant, represented by Eleanor Laws QC and Polly Dyer, at Southwark Crown Court, was today acquitted of 11 counts of sexual assault upon 10 ex patients. 

    Articles

  • A wealth of experience in the professional disciplinary forum, Polly Dyer's measured approach, shrewd judgement and articulate manner place her well in this field.

    Overview

    Polly appears before numerous professional disciplinary tribunals both for the regulator and the professional.  She has experience of the interface between professional regulation and crime and public law; she has developed substantial expertise in coronial proceedings, and has public inquiry experience.     

    Experience

    Polly has a detailed understanding of the healthcare sector in the light of her assistance to the team preparing the report arising from the public inquiry into the failure to regulate the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

    She has appeared on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in substantive hearings before the Conduct and Competence Committee, and has also defended in both of these forums. She has been instructed on behalf of the General Dental Council to appear before the Interim Orders Committee. She has also represented health-care professionals in a range of forums.

    As a pupil, Polly assisted in regulatory matters in the General Medical Council and General Dental Council, and conducted research on the appeals procedure. She has given talks to the General Medical Council on inquest procedure, amongst other topics.

    Polly has experience of trading standards prosecutions having been instructed in numerous cases and trained lawyers operating in the field.

    Notable Cases

    GDC v Ross (2014)
    Acted for the GDC in a prosecution involving the illegal practice of tooth whitening. The defendant pleaded guilty to an offence of unlawfully holding herself out as being prepared to practise dentistry, and to unlawfully using the title “dental technician”.

    Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2013)
    Seconded to the Department of Health for a number of months as a junior member of the Inquiry team to assist in the preparation of the report arising from the Public Inquiry into the failure to regulate the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Substantial experience of the law and procedure relating to inquests, inquiries and issues of potential liability, Polly Dyer's knowledge and approach has made her a favoured junior in the field.

    Overview

    Polly Dyer has an abundance of knowledge and experience in the field.  She has been instructed as sole and led counsel, often being led by prominent Silks.  Her work in the inquisitorial system has included working for core participants and interested parties in Inquiries and Inquests.

    Experience

    Polly has substantial experience of the law and procedure relating to inquisitorial systems and issues of potential liability. In 2014, Polly was led in the inquest into the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, a Red Arrow pilot who died after being ejected from his plane; she represented his family. Her inquest experience includes road traffic incidents; she has also represented a medical professional in an inquest stemming from a death in custody. Polly regularly gives talks in this area.

    Polly also has a thorough understanding of public inquiries. In 2012 she was seconded to the Department of Health as a junior member of the team preparing the report arising from the public inquiry into the failure to regulate the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

    Polly is committed to undertaking pro-bono work. She has volunteered with the Public Law Project, Interights and the AIRE Centre, conducted research for the Howard League for Penal Reform and advised the Innocence Project.

    Notable Cases

    Inquest into the death of PS (2015)
    Represented the family of a woman who was hit by a bus when crossing Barnet High Street. She was instructed by LeighDay Solicitors.

    Inquest into the death of Flt Lt Sean Succingham (2014)
    Represented the deceased’s family, together with Keith Barrett of Irwin Mitchell and Tom Kark QC.

    Recent Cases

    • (As mentioned in CrimeLine 28.02.17), Polly Dyer appeared in a case stated that addressed citizens’ power to arrest under s. 24A(1)(b) of PACE. The case of R. v Self (Graham) [1992] 1 W.L.R. 657 was considered.    

    News

    • Inquest of Capt. Thomas Clarke - Linda Strudwick and Polly Dyer represent the family of Lynx pilot

      Coroner Darren Salter delivered his narrative verdict today at the inquest into the deaths of five servicemen who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Linda Strudwick and Polly Dyer from QEB Hollis Whiteman represented the family of the pilot...

    • Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer speak at Leigh Day Solicitors on Coroners and Inquests

      Tom Kark QC and Polly Dyer gave a talk entitled ‘Coroners & Inquests – developments and practicalities’ to lawyers at personal injury solicitors Leigh Day.   Tom and Polly illustrated the talk with examples from the recent inquest into t...

    Articles