Martyn's Law FAQs

Our Martyn's Law FAQs detail frequently asked questions and tailored answers written by our team of experts.

What is happening with Martyn's Law?

Martyn’s Law is expected to come into effect in 2024.

What is the Prevent Duty guidance?

This is statutory guidance for England and Wales which came into force in December 2023 to support compliance with the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (CTSA).

The CTSA places a duty on particular authorities to prevent terrorism by, for example, identifying those who are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

What are the requirements for Martyn's Law?

The main requirement of Martyn’s Law is for organisations to have measures in place that ‘as far as reasonably practicable’ reduce the risk of physical harm to people who are at their premises during a terrorist attack.

What is the UK counter terrorism strategy?

The UK’s Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST) is a comprehensive approach to countering terrorism. It encompasses four key pillars: Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare. Together these elements form a multi-faceted strategy to safeguard national security.

Does Martyn's Law apply to schools?

Draft legislation indicates that schools with a public capacity of more than 100 people will fall under Standard Tier requirements.

What is the enhanced tier of Martyn's Law?

The Enhanced Tier of Martyn’s Law applies to premises and events with a capacity of 800 people or more.

What is a publicly accessible location?

A publicly accessible location (PLA) is any place that is accessible to the public regardless of whether they have paid an entrance fee.