Called to the Bar:1970

Silk:1996

  • A Silk with vast experience across the full spectrum of serious crime including corporate and financial crime; he is highly regarded in prosecution and defence circles alike.

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    Peter has enormous experience in all forms of corporate and financial crime. Before his call to the Bar he worked as a manager for Charter Consolidated, a mining finance house, and then as a stock and commodity broker for Merrill Lynch in London and New York; he was a member of the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. His application of trade knowledge has meant that he is particularly well placed to advise and act for those under investigation or charged with financial criminal offences as is evidenced by his work in the field.

    Crime 

    Peter has a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of criminal offences, latterly of the most serious categories.  He has abundant experience in money laundering, arson, sex crimes (including historic assaults on children), armed robberies, firearms, major drug offences and murder cases including "honour killings". He was previously called to the Cayman Islands Bar to defend in two gangland murder trials.

    He is sought-after to prosecute and defend, using the skill set he has built from doing both, to make him a strategically formidable advocate.

    Peter was appointed a Recorder in 1989 and continues in this capacity, as a part-time Criminal Crown Court Judge.  As a result, his knowledge of the criminal law and application thereof in the courtroom, places him at great advantage in this field.

    Appointments

    • 2001 onwards: legal assessor/adviser to GDC, GCC and HCPC
    • 2000: legal assessor for GMC
    • 1989: Recorder

    Professional Memberships

    • Criminal Bar Association
    • South Eastern Circuit

    Education

    • MA (Cantab) in Law

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A former stock and commodity broker, Peter Kyte QC brings a wealth of experience to the field of corporate and financial crime.

    Overview

    Peter has enormous experience in all forms of corporate and financial crime. Before his call to the Bar, he worked as a manager for Charter Consolidated, a mining finance house, and then as a stock and commodity broker for Merrill Lynch in London and New York; he was a member of the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. His application of trade knowledge has meant that he is particularly well placed to advise and act for those under investigation or charged with financial criminal offences as is evidenced by his work in the field.

    Experience 

    Peter has prosecuted and defended in all types of fraud, including: mortgage fraud, commercial fraud, share ramping, building fraud, NHS fraud, Customs and Excise corruption and shareholder fraud. He has been involved in cases that were the first of their kind as with R v Lee, the first share ramping trial subsequent to new legislation that had been designed to protect stock exchange investors. He has been involved in the lengthy and the complex as with R v Beard, a 16-month trial brought by the SFO where Peter represented a Quantity Surveyor charged with a building fraud on a charity. He has continued to represent professional individuals throughout his career, including employees charged with corruption and Finance Directors charged with multimillion-pound frauds against shareholders.

    Notable Cases

    R v Jeffrey (2009)
    An elaborate fraud perpetrated on a P.L.C. by its financial director. The losses amounted to around £15m.

    R v Beard (2004)
    Lengthy 16-month building fraud trial involving key professionals including an architect and quantity surveyor (Peter's client). The loser was a charitable trust that had accumulated over the years a lot of valuable land with planning permission.

    R v Dearsley (1997)
    Peter Kyte QC defended Mr Dearsley who was charged with an elaborate mortgage fraud.

    R v Lee (1997)
    Defending in the first share ramping trial subsequent to new legislation designed to protect stock exchange investors.

  • A consummate advocate with experience of the most serious criminal offences; recommended by both prosecution and defence teams.

    Overview 

    Peter has a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of criminal offences, latterly of the most serious categories. He has abundant experience in money laundering, arson, sex crimes (including historic assaults on children), armed robberies, firearms, major drug offences and murder cases including ‘honour killings’. He was previously called to the Cayman Islands Bar to defend in two gangland murder trials.

    He is sought-after to prosecute and defend, using the skillset he has built from doing both to make him a strategically formidable advocate.

    Peter was appointed a Recorder in 1989 and continues in this capacity, as a part-time Criminal Crown Court Judge. As a result, his knowledge of the criminal law and application thereof in the courtroom, places him at great advantage in this field.

    Notable Cases

    • R v Warbutton
      The first trial involving Michael Michael, the supergrass.​
       
    • R v Lau 
      Triad Killing.
       
    • R v Burke 
      Historic sexual assault on children.
       
    • R v Hoines
      Lorry Hijacking case.