Russell Pyne

Russell Pyne

Call: 1991


Joint Head of Chambers.

Before being elected to be one of 2KBW’s two Heads of Chambers, Russell Pyne was the joint Head of its Criminal Team for several years. He has 30 years of experience in prosecuting and defending criminal cases of gravity and complexity, including homicides, drug importations and conspiracies, fraud and all types of sexual offences.

Russell is a Leading Junior and a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor, as well as a member of the CPS RASSO approved panel. His practice covers a wide geographical area, including large parts of the Western, South Eastern and Midland Circuits.

Russell has particular experience in dealing with witnesses who have vulnerabilities – children and the very old, and those who have problems with their physical or mental health. He is a ‘Vulnerable Witness Facilitator’, responsible for coordinating the training of members of 2KBW as to the new requirements for dealing with such witnesses. He recently authored the Western Circuit’s response to the Law Commission’s proposals for changes to the ways in which sexual cases are dealt with at trial.


  • Operation Amalfi (leading junior, Worcester CC, March – June 2023)
    Prosecuting to convictions, in a series of linked trials, prisoners and their family members and friends, who had conspired to import drugs and mobile phones into prison
  • Operation Madrigal (leading Daniel Wright, St Albans CC, Feb – March 2023)  Prosecuting to convictions four defendants involved in the murder of a young Eritrean man in Stevenage
  • R v H (Winchester CC, December 2022)
    Defending a man accused of “motor manslaughter” – driving his car at a group of people and fatally colliding with one
  • R v L (Reading CC, November 2022)
    Prosecuting a nurse, employed at Broadmoor hospital, accused of encouraging a patient to start a sexual relationship with her
  • R v K (leading Richard Sedgwick, Kingston CC, Oct – Nov 2022)
    Prosecuting to convictions a man on 12 counts of rape and serious abuse over a 20 year period
  • R v B (Portsmouth CC, October 2022)
    Prosecuting to conviction the “stranger rape” of a vulnerable teenager
  • R v S (Reading CC, July 2022)
    Prosecuting to conviction a serious sexual offence committed by a businessman on his young employee
  • R v K (Wood Green CC, May 2022)
    Prosecuting to conviction a case of “stranger rape”
  • R v J (Southampton CC, Jan – Feb 2022)
    Successfully defending, over a 6 week trial, a man who had been in charge of the Isle of Wight’s NHS primary care budget for several years, on allegations of bribery
  • R v S (Aylesbury CC, June 2021)
    Prosecuting a doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient
  • R v C (Oxford CC, April 2021)
    Prosecuting, to conviction for rape, a man who had groomed a much younger girl to the point where she had agreed to have sex with him
  • R v N (Peterborough CC, Feb 2021) 
    Prosecuting, to conviction for attempted murder, a prisoner who had cut another prisoner’s neck with a razor blade
  • R v S &A (Wolverhampton CC, Feb 2021)
    Prosecuting to conviction two defendants for attempted murder by shooting
  • R v S (Bournemouth CC, December 2020)
    Prosecuting to conviction a police officer who had sexually assaulted a fellow officer
  • R v C (Isleworth C.C, March 2020)
    Prosecuting historic allegations of indecency within a care home against a member of staff.
  • R v E, D, F (Hereford C.C, Nov – Dec 2019)
    Prosecuting to convictions a trial of three men for armed robberies.
  • Operation Kimber (led by William Mousley QC, Winchester C.C, Nov 2019)
    Successfully defending, over a three week trial, a man accused of the gross negligence manslaughter of his elderly mother.
  • Operation Rate (leading Rob Harding, Salisbury C.C, October 2019)
    Defending, over a three week trial, a woman accused of being part of a complex and substantial conspiracy to  deal Class A drugs.
  • R v S, H, H, A, A (Wolverhampton C.C, August – September 2019)
    Prosecuting five defendants, over a three week trial, for various allegations of ‘gang violence’, including a section 18 assault and an arson attack.
  • R v M and C (Blackfriars C.C, July – August 2019)
    Prosecuting to convictions a trial of a seven-year conspiracy to receive, convert and export to Bangladesh many hundreds of mobile telephones.
  • R v H (Birmingham C.C, July 2019)
    Prosecuting to convictions allegations of rape made by a child against her grandfather.
  • R v C and another (Isle of Wight C.C, April – May 2019)
    Successfully defending at trial a man accused of child cruelty.
  • Operation Baldock (leading Alex Kettle-Williams, Inner London C.C, March – April 2019)
    Defending, over a five week trial, the alleged ring-leader of a substantial conspiracy to defraud members of the public and to convert the proceeds.  Russell and Alex were asked to take over the defence mid-trial, after previous instructed counsel had withdrawn.
  • R v V (Kingston C.C, March 2019)
    Successfully prosecuting a man who had conned a series of women he met on a dating site for over £1 million.
  • R v M, K, R, A, (Warwick C.C, Feb 2019)
    Successfully prosecuting four security guards employed at a delivery centre for very substantial fraudulent activity.
  • R v A & H (Birmingham C.C, 2018)
    Prosecuting to convictions two defendants who had left their victim with brain injury and in a coma.
  • R v N, (Winchester C.C, 2017)
    Prosecuting (led by Sally Howes QC), to conviction a murder with a background of domestic violence.
  • Operation Launch (Blackfriars C.C, 2017)
    Successfully prosecuting London’s ‘Oyster Card cloning fraud’, a complex, lucrative and lengthy criminal operation utilising technology, ticket machines … and many thousands of blank white plastic cards.
  • R v C (Southampton C.C, 2016)
    Successfully defending a man accused of breaking into the house of a 101 year old woman and then attempting to rape her: the trial required extremely delicate and careful cross-examination, over a link to a nursing home, of the complainant.


  • LLB Bristol


7 Jun 2024

Former cadets leader jailed for historic sexual offences – Russell Pyne prosecuted for the Crown

Simon Taplin, 64, from Lavant, was sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment on 3 June 2024 at Portsmouth Crown Court.  He had...

30 Apr 2024

Tianfu Guo convicted and sentenced for his role in the kidnapping of a wealthy businessman from a golf course in Welwyn Garden City – Russell Pyne led Laura Hollingbery for the Crown

Tianfu Guo was jailed for 12 years at St Albans Crown Court on 29th April 2024. Earlier this month, Russell Pyne, leading Laura Hollingbery,...

2 Apr 2024

Jelani Omar is sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, with a minimum term of 22 years – Russell Pyne led Daniel Wright for the Crown

Russell Pyne led Daniel Wright in successfully securing convictions in a case that involved the death of Bereket Selomun. Jelani Omar was convicted of...

17 Oct 2023

2 KBW supports the 2023 Bar Council Pupillage Fair

Designed in Partnership with the Inns of Court and Specialist Bar Associations, the Bar Council's Pupillage Fair was the only recruitment fair run by...

9 Aug 2022

New joint Heads of Chambers – Mr Matthew Farmer & Mr Russell Pyne

Chambers are delighted to announce that Matthew Farmer & Russell Pyne have succeeded Sally Howes QC as new joint Heads of Chambers. We would...

6 Apr 2017

Sally Howes QC and Russell Pyne secure conviction in murder trial

Sally Howes QC and Russell Pyne have completed the successful prosecution of Jay Nava, a soldier who murdered his ex-partner by stabbing her 11...


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