Kannan Siva

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BA (Hons)
Year of call and Inn: 
1996; Gray's Inn
Professional Membership: 
Western Circuit; CBA
Practice Overview: 

Kannan Siva is a criminal practitioner who has vast experience of defending serious and complex conspiracies relating to: drugs and firearms, organised crime, allegations of extreme violence, kidnap, blackmail and fraud. He also prosecutes cases of public importance including drug supply and regularly prosecutes allegations of Rape and Serious Sexual Offending, or cases involving particularly vulnerable victims, which often involve hearsay arguments. He has been a CPS panel advocate level 4 prosecutor since 2009.

Although he is predominantly a criminal practitioner, Kannan's ancillary civil practice includes a specialism in advisory and advocacy work relating to public protection, including protective orders for children and vulnerable adults. He represented the Gloucestershire Constabulary and assisted them to obtain their first ever Sexual Risk Order. He also undertakes licensing appeals, particularly in relation to the control of firearms. He has additional experience in police disciplinary work. 


Kannan provides training to solicitors, both in-house and at open seminars on substantive law, evidence and sentencing relating to serious crime, RASSO Training and Sexual Risk Orders.

He has contributed to Judicial Studies Board training, specifically in serious Sexual Offences seminars.

Kannan has been involved in the training of Advocacy and Ethics for the Western Circuit in recent years. He is an approved pupil supervisor.

Areas of Practice

General Information

Kannan initially practised at the independent Bar in London for five years as a criminal defence barrister. When he first moved to Bristol, he worked as in-house Counsel for 18 months for a busy criminal defence firm. He returned to practise at the independent Bar in late 2003 and joined Albion Chambers in 2010. Before he secured tenancy in London, Kannan spent a year at medical school before completing an English degree.

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