Peter Kyte QC


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Peter Kyte QC

Call 1970 Silk 1996
MA (Cantab) in Law

Practice: Crime


Peter Kyte QC has been a leading criminal barrister since taking Silk 1996. His cases have covered the widest spectrum of offences. He prosecutes, but mainly defends and firmly believes that having experience of both sides provides advantages.

Exclusively engaged in criminal work. Fairly evenly divided, pre-silk, between prosecution and defence. Now, principally defence. For many years now, he has practised in the field of commercial crime, major drugs trials and a variety of homicide cases.


Peter Kyte has been recommended as a Leading Silk in the field of fraud (criminal) in Chambers UK since its first publication.

Career Details

His experience has included mortgage frauds (e.g. R v Okosieme, R v Athey, R v Dearsley and others) as well as numerous other commercial fraud cases (e.g. R v Clamp, persistent theft of diamonds by a de Beers sorter; R v Mcrea, large scale fraud on the NHS by a dentist; R v Dass, corruption by an employee of Customs and Excise).

He defended in R v Lee, the first share ramping trial subsequent to new legislation designed to protect stock exchange investors.

He was also involved in a 16-month trial, brought by the SFO, representing a Quantity Surveyor charged with a building fraud on a charity (R v Beard and others).

Another SFO case he defended in was R v Jeffrey. His client was the Finance Director of a PLC charged with a £15m fraud upon its shareholders.

He has defended in major drugs trials, including Operations Julie and Donna (LSD manufacture) and R v Warburton (the first trial involving Michael Michael, the supergrass).

He has acted in many murder cases, both domestic and professional and those involving drugs and firearms. He has also acted in ‘honour killings’ (e.g. R v Adan, R v Bashir) and Triad killings (R v Lau and others).

In addition to all the above, he has been involved in numerous other cases, covering a wide range of crimes: money laundering; arson; sex crimes (including historic assaults on children, e.g. v Burke); armed robberies (e.g. R v Hoines, a lorry hijacking case)....etc.

In 1997 & 1998, he was called to the Cayman Islands Bar to defend in two gangland murder trials.

Peter is a leading legal assessor /adviser and provides legal advice to many of the Fitness to Practise panels of the Regulatory agencies.


1989 Recorder

2000 Legal assessor for the GMC

2001 onwards, Legal assessor/adviser to the GDC,GCC and the HCPC.

Additional Information

In the 1970s Peter worked as a Manager in the City for a Mining Finance House (Charter Consolidated) and was a Stock and Commodity Broker for Merrill Lynch in London and New York.He was a member of the NYSE and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Notable cases:

R -v- Head (2014)
Successful prosecution of a man charged with murder

R -v- Maslovas (2013)
Successful Prosecution of a man charged with murder.

R v Teodoresc & Corbu (2011)
Vicious 2 Handed Murder

R v James (2010)
Gangland Shooting

R v Jeffrey (2009)
Elaborate Fraud by Financial Director

R v Sargeant & others (2006)
'Happy slap' gang - Murder Acquittal

Building Fraud (2004)
Building Fraud - 16 month trial

R v Hastings (2002)
Burglar stabbed to death during break-in

R v McCrea (2002)
NHS Fraud by Professional Optician

R v Dass (2002)
Customs & Excise - Employee Fraud