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Chambers of Mark Ellison QC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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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 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. She provides advice on financial regulatory matters. Polly was elected chair of the Female Fraud Forum.

Polly appears before professional disciplinary tribunals. She has developed substantial expertise in coronial proceedings; she has represented a number of families, including that of Flt Lt. Cunningham, a Red Arrow pilot.

Awarded the Jules Thorn Scholarship and the Queen Mother Scholarship from Middle Temple.




Called 2010, Middle Temple.


Criminal Bar Association; Young Fraud Lawyers Association; Female Fraud Forum, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Health and Safety Lawyers Association; The Bar Pro Bono Unit.


University of Warwick (2005-08 BA (Hons) History, first class); City Law School, London (2008-09 Graduate Diploma Law); BPP, London (2009-10 BVC).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Polly DyerQEB Hollis WhitemanNoted for her capacity for forensic dissection of complex evidence.

London Bar > Crime

QEB Hollis Whiteman has a track record of prosecution work, including some of the most serious cases, but also handles a diverse range of defence instructions. Philip Stott prosecuted thrice-bankrupt hereditary peer Rhodri Philipps, who received a 12-week sentence for sending menacing racist messages to anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, one of which purporting to offer a £5,000 bounty for ramming her with a vehicle. Turning to defence work, Stott and Zoe Johnson QC also represented a GP who was accused of the gross negligence manslaughter of a patient who died of a rare adrenal gland disorder – the case was dismissed on no case to answer after the prosecution’s case was heard. In a more unusual matter, Johnson QC represented the Crown Prosecution Service to defeat an attempt by two men convicted of the murders of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare in 2005 to discharge the order which anonymised a witness for the first time in an English criminal trial. Defence work in sex offences is one area where the set is particularly strong; Eleanor Laws QC and Polly Dyer defended a doctor who was acquitted on 11 counts of sexual assault on ten male patients.