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 allegations of a serious and complex nature including conspiracies relating to drugs and firearms, allegations of extreme violence, kidnap, blackmail and fraud. He also prosecutes allegations of drug supply and has an extensive prosecution practice of serious sexual offences and cases involving particularly vulnerable victims, often involving complex hearsay arguments. He is a CPS panel advocate level 4 prosecutor.

Kannan’s high level of client care and commitment to his cases has meant that he is increasingly instructed by the Defence in high-profile work. Although Kannan is predominantly a criminal practitioner his ancillary civil practice includes a specialism in advisory and advocacy work relating to protective orders for children and vulnerable adults. Recently represented the Police to obtain first ever Sexual Risk Order in Gloucestershire. Also some police disciplinary work and firearms licensing.

He has also advised third parties on competing Article 10 and Article 8 rights in relation to the impact on the private lives of children who are not witnesses in criminal proceedings and has appeared in the High Court (Family Division).


Kannan provides training to solicitors in both in-house and open seminars, and frequently writes articles on Hearsay, Disclosure and Sentencing, particularly in relation to drugs offences.

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, and is also an approved pupil supervisor.

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