Polly Dyer provides specialist advice and advocacy in criminal proceedings, with an emphasis on financial and serious crime. She is regularly instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority, and frequently defends and prosecutes individuals charged with fraud and money laundering. She has a particular expertise in confiscation, having written extensively on the topic. Recent financial crime cases include: Operation Alfreton (FCA prosecution of FSMA offences), defending in a private prosecution concerning fraud and money laundering; Operation Holt (FCA prosecution of insider dealing), Operation Cotton (FCA prosecution of land-banking and its largest case). She is often instructed privately to defend in confiscation cases. She provides advice on financial regulatory matters.
She has a wealth of experience acting in serious and complex criminal cases, as both led junior and junior alone. Recent cases include: junior defence counsel in a murder case (client acquitted of murder), junior defence counsel where the client was acquitted of 11 counts of sexual assault, prosecution of cases concerning modern slavery and large-scale conspiracies, including in relation to drugs and prostitution.
Polly has provided advice to numerous professionals, including in relation to ongoing inquiries and inquests, and in relation to bribery.