Skip to main content

Martyn's Law



“As an industry, we remain resolute in our longstanding commitment to keep venue visitors and staff safe.  We will work closely with Government to ensure that proposals, such as the suggested Martyn’s Law, are realistic and workable, and improve safety for all.”

Rachel Parker, Director, AEV

Martyn's Law was included in the King's Speech - 7th November 2023 


On Tuesday 7th November, the King’s Speech set out the programme of legislation that the Government intends to pursue in the forthcoming Parliamentary session. The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill was included. The Bill is also known as ‘Martyn’s Law’ in tribute to Martyn Hett, who was tragically killed alongside 21 others in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017.

Ahead of introduction to Parliament, the government intends to launch a public consultation on the standard tier ensuring the Bill strikes the right balance between public protection and avoiding undue burdens on smaller premises, such as village halls and other community venues.

Martyn’s Law will improve protective security and organisational preparedness across the UK by mandating, for the first time, those responsible for certain premises and events to consider the terrorist risk and how they would respond to an attack.

Any Public Accessible Location is a potential target.  It is essential that owners and operators of all such locations understand the risks faced and consider appropriate mitigations.

The key initial steps to understanding this threat and risk are:

  • understanding the terrorist threat:  motivations, targets and attack methods vary and change over time,
  • understanding the specific risks the threat poses to your site and/or organisation and how and why your site and/or organisation might be affected – either by being targeted directly or indirectly because of its proximity to neighbouring sites, businesses or organisations.

Read more about Martyn's Law

Why do we need Martyn's Law?

There have been 14 terror attacks in the UK since the start of 2017.

The threat picture is complex, evolving, and enduring, with terrorists choosing to attack a broad range of locations.

Martyn’s Law will improve the safety and security of public venues and keep the British public safe from terrorism.

The Bill will make sure public premises and events are better prepared for, and protected from, terrorist attacks; requiring them to fulfil necessary but proportionate steps according to their capacity size to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack and reduce harm. Through Martyn’s Law, premises will be better prepared and ready to respond in the event of a terrorist attack.

What will Martyn’s Law do?

Through Martyn's Law premises will be better prepared, ready to respond, and their staff will know what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

It will enhance public safety by ensuring there is better preparedness for, and protection from, terrorist attacks. This will be done by mandating, for the first time, who is responsible for considering the risk from terrorism and how they would respond to a terrorist attack at certain premises and events.

The Bill will raise the security standard throughout the UK requiring a base level of security procedures to be in place at premises and events. Our expert security partners strongly consider that even basic knowledge will deliver a wholesale raising of the public safety bar.

Who will be scope?

To be in scope:

  • Premises and events must be accessible to the public.
  • Premises must be used for a purpose listed in the Bill (e.g. entertainment and leisure, retail, food and drink).
  • Have a capacity of 100 or more individuals.
  • Premises may be a building or outdoor locations which have a readily identifiable physical boundary and access by express permission.
  • Provision is made in the Bill for temporary events such as festivals that have express permission to enter and a capacity of  800 or more individuals.

What you need to know about Martyn's Law

Simple steps save lives

How will it work?

Standard tier

This will apply to premises with a capacity between 100 and 799 people. The Government wants to ensure businesses and venues can deliver the standard tier duty rather than imposing conditions upon them that they will struggle to meet.

This will mean the law stands the test of time, and be accessible, proportionate and deliverable for smaller venues. 

Ahead of introducing the Bill in Parliament, Government will launch a consultation on the standard tier to ensure the Bill’s measures strike the right balance between public protection and avoiding undue burdens on smaller premises such as village halls, churches and other community venues. This follows concerns raised about the implications of the standard tier through the pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill earlier this year. 


Enhanced tier 

Premises and events in the enhanced tier will be required to take steps to ensure preparedness for, and protection from, terrorist attacks.

Those responsible for an enhanced duty premises or qualifying public events must take the following 4 steps:

  • Notify the regulator of their premise or event;
  • Take ‘reasonably practicable’ measures that will reduce the risk of a terrorist attack occurring or physical harm being caused. The reasonably practicable test is utilised in other regulatory regimes e.g. Health and Safety, and will enable organisations to tailor their approach to the nature of the premises, and their activities and resources;
  • Keep and maintain a security document, aided by an assessment of the terrorism risk, which must also be provided to the regulator; and
  • If the responsible person is a body corporate, they must appoint an individual as the designated senior individual for the premise or event.  

If enhanced duty premises and qualifying public events do not comply with these requirements, the regulator will be able to issue a maximum fixed penalty of the higher of £18 million or 5 per cent of worldwide revenue.

Who is responsible for requirements at a premise or event in scope? 

The Bill places the requirement on the person who has control of the premises; this is usually the operator or occupier. It also places a requirement for co-operation on those with aspects of control of the premises (e.g., the owner of a premises where not the operator) where necessary to deliver requirements.

When will this legislation be introduced?

Following the conclusion of the consultation process, the Government will introduce the Bill to Parliament as soon as parliamentary time allows.

Key Facts

Since 2017, there have been 14 domestic terror attacks in the UK, and agencies and law enforcement have disrupted 39 late-stage plots.

● Since 2005, there have been at least two attacks against places of worship, with an additional attack conducted directly outside a place of worship (Finsbury Park Mosque).

● Research institute RAND Europe assessed the indirect cost of terrorism in the UK from the five attacks in 2017 to be £3.4 billion (2020-21 prices).

● Independent research conducted in 2019 showed that, without legal compulsion, counter terrorism security efforts are often deprioritised behind other legally required activities (e.g. fire safety). Resulting in inconsistent consideration and application of security processes and measures.

● 70 per cent of respondents to the public consultation in 2021 agreed that those responsible for publicly accessible locations should take appropriate and proportionate measures to protect the public from attacks and should prepare their staff to respond appropriately in the event of a terrorist attack. 

How to prepare

Don't wait for the law to pass, prepare NOW!

Consider what you and your colleagues can do to make it harder for a would-be terrorist to carry out a successful attack by:

ExCeL Being alert to suspicious behaviour and activity in and around your site, such as people loitering or displaying an unusual level of interest in asking questions, filming or photographing.

Assessing the possible vulnerabilities of your site to various attack methods, and taking suitable measures to mitigate the risks.

Being security-minded in your communications, particularly online.

Encouraging and enabling a security culture in the workplace, eg. ensuring concerns can easily be reported and will be acted upon.

Considering how you and your staff would respond to an incident occurring inside, outside, or near to your building or site.

(Photo: CT operation during Formula E at ExCeL London July 2022)

For further info on the ACT programme, please visit the ACT website.

!!Buyer beware!!

In light of the legislation and scheme still being defined, the final details and requirements are not yet known. 

NaCTSO do not endorse any current courses or products that mention supporting either compliance of Martyn's Law or the Competent Persons Scheme. ProtectUK are unable, at this stage, to provide any assurance for third party courses that are not endorsed by NaCTSO, or not hosted on the ProtectUK site unless otherwise specified. Should you or your organisation wish to use products or purchase and attend courses that mention potential up and coming legislation or the scheme, NaCTSO can provide no assurances that these courses will support you in being compliant in the future as there is limited information on the final requirements and scope at this stage.

Read the full statement here

Training and guidance



The ProtectUK app sends real-time news and counter terrorism (CT) incident updates from UK Protect, contains the latest practical advice and guidance to help you protect your business, as well as information on how to respond in the event of an attack.

ProtectUK app

Martyn's Law updates

As the law evolves AEV remains the channel for sharing information with members and sister associations.

The AEV security working group (open to all AEV member security professionals) meets monthly to review security issues such as talent, traffic management and anti-terrorism operations at venues. The group has actively shared thoughts on the consultation and submitted a collective view with the National Arenas Association (NAA) and continue to run Protect Duty awareness sessions for members across AEV, AEO and ESSA.

The latest member session, the presentation and recording(s) are available to AEV members through the member zone.



AEV members are also represented by current working group chair Henry Havis (head of security ExCeL London) on relevant groups hosted by the Home Office/Met Police. 

The working group's responsibilities include staying ahead of related legislation and building relationships with key bodies such as CPIE, CPNI, CTBIE, NPoCC, NaCTSO and SIA as well as collaborating on information sharing and best practice.


The information contained on this page is updated as Martyn's Law evolves.


Multi association security awareness group (MASA)


MASA aims to represent the entire events industry and to enable greater and wider outreach of government guidance, especially around counter-terror measures and intelligence.

Find out more about MASA



AEV's malicious risk partner

CHC Global

CHC Global are independent malicious risk advisors offering a unique mix of advisory services, insurance broking and data solutions. They learn from AEV members to better understand their issues and be a conduit for informed advice.

They are members of the PSSA and SIA and operate in the Lloyd’s of London Insurance market. CHC Global also has a presence on the MASA group providing security and CT intelligence and on our AEV security working group to update members on malicious risk trends, the ongoing Protect Duty and global threats.

Download assets from a library of insightful research and guidance.

CHC resources


The King's Speech - November 2023



AEV Security working group members

Multi association security awareness (MASA) group members

CHC Global


When reporting/commenting on terrorism, please be mindful of the experiences of victims and their families.

Please include the following support information in reporting:

Support is available for anyone who has been affected by terror attacks.

Visit: or call Victim Support’s 24 hours free support line on 0808 168 9111.


Member Venues