Martyn's Law

Martyn’s Law is proposed UK legislation to enhance public security in publicly accessible locations. Named after Martyn Hett, who was tragically killed in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, the law seeks to impose a legal duty on businesses/organisations to take measures to protect the public from terrorist attacks. It introduces a tiered approach to security based on the capacity and nature of the premises:

Standard Tier

Premises/venues with a capacity between 100 to 799 people. These venues must ensure preparedness through procedural measures and staff training.

Enhanced Tier

Larger venues/premises/events with capacity of 800+ will need to undertake comprehensive security assessments, implement detailed security plans, and appoint a Designated Senior Individual responsible for compliance.

Key components of Martyn's Law include:

  • Risk Assessment

    Requirement to conduct thorough risk assessments to identify potential threats and vulnerabilities.

  • Security Measures

    Approportionate security measures to be implemented. This can range from physical security enhancements to staff training on emergency procedures.

  • Emergency Planning

    Must develop and maintain robust emergency plans to ensure effective incident response. This includes regular drills and coordination with emergency services.

  • Public Awareness

    Raising awareness among staff and the public about the threats and how to respond to them is crucial. This involves providing information and training to ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of an attack.

  • Regulatory Oversight

    A regulatory framework to ensure compliance with the Protect Duty, including inspections and enforcement actions for non-compliance.

Vedette Support

Working with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance, assess and support compliance with a team comprising experienced practitioners in crisis management/response and data analysis from all domains.

Currently delivering to Home Office and MOD, services include:

>Site security assessments.

>Data analysis and evidence generation.

>Development of Standard Operating Procedures and contingency planning.

>Risk assessments against multiple threats.

>Scenario planning.

>Resilience stress testing.

>Multi agent, blue-light services, military specialist support, X-government integration and management.

>Identification of skills requirements and conduct of training and mentoring.

Conduct of management decision making workshops and exercises covering:

>Information and intelligence gathering and analysis.

>Situational awareness and communications.

>Responsibilities and authorities.

>Decision making and implementation.

>First responders and execution of crisis management response plans.

>Public safety and awareness.

>Red Teaming / challenge.

>After Action Reviews.