Polly Sprenger > Addleshaw Goddard > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

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Polly is a Partner in the Global Investigations and Contentious Regulatory Group. She specialises in corporate crime, guiding clients through investigations and subsequent remedial litigation. Her practice is cross-border and cross-discipline: she has recent experience of bringing and defending high-profile, high-value matters in both the civil and criminal courts.


Her recent work has focused on:

  • fraud investigations, asset tracing and recovery on behalf of investment funds and other defrauded entities
  • conducting investigations into misconduct affecting corporations, including suspected fraud, corruption, theft of commercial data, false accounting, tampering with safety equipment, and unlawful surveillance
  • acting for corporates and individuals facing asset freezing and forfeiture orders
  • advising on industry-wide campaigns of private prosecutions and
  • acting as a leading advocate for the proper and lawful conduct of private investigations.
  • Polly also advises a growing number of corporate clients grappling with allegations of sexual offences in the workplace. Her advisory work extends beyond legal remedies into managing reputational issues and crisis planning, preparedness and response.

Polly was junior counsel in the high profile prosecution of News of the World journalists in 2014, and served as technical advisor to a Parliamentary inquiry into private investigators and phone hacking in 2012. Polly previously served as Head of Strategic Intelligence at the UK Serious Fraud Office and worked for several years as a corporate investigator and investigative journalist.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

(Leading individuals)

Polly SprengerAddleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard continues to expand its footprint in high-profile, complex white-collar criminal investigations, representing a diverse range of businesses facing allegations of money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption, as well as handling unique issues relating to blackmail, crypto assets, and sanctions, alongside representing companies in actions against former directors and employees. Alongside regular work for domestic clients against the SFO, NCA, and FCA, among others, the firm is also increasing its share of cross-border investigations, including those led by the US DOJ and other global agencies. The team is led by the ‘tenaciousNichola Peters, a key name for global investigations and white collar defence proceedings, with Michelle De Kluyver praised for her ‘thorough and strategic‘ work in complex, cross-border financial crime cases, including international government investigations. Polly Sprenger has in-house SFO expertise and notable capabilities in asset recovery and fraud proceedings. Sarah Thomas represents asset managers, insurers, and other financial services companies in investigations relating to lending, governance and culture, and management accountability.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions

(Leading Individuals)

Polly SprengerAddleshaw Goddard

Headed by Polly Sprenger, the practice at Addleshaw Goddard is adept in both bringing and defending private prosecutions on behalf of corporate and individual clients, with particular expertise in bringing serious fraud cases in concert with its global investigations and civil fraud teams. The firm has been involved in a number of high-profile proceedings, including failed prosecutions that resulted in further litigation and criminal action, and is also able to contribute defence and investigations experience, enabling it to handle the full process. Alongside Sprenger’s SFO and asset recovery experience, the work of civil fraud specialist Mark Chesher is also key to the team.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘terrific team with great attention to detail and amazing client engagement’. It acts in the full range of civil fraud claims, from initial investigations and injunctive relief issues to the prosecution of actions, and ultimately, enforcement and recovery matters. Clients include corporates, banks and high-net-worth individuals. Polly Sprenger has experience acting before the civil and criminal courts; she leads the practice together with Maria Frangeskides who is noted for being ‘very clear and concise in her advice’. Commercial disputes practitioner Mark Molyneux  also handles a number of fraud cases, and Mark Chesher made partner in May 2022.