• The Protect duty (aka Martyn’s Law) is likely to be introduced in Parliament during 2022, potentially via the Queen’s Speech.
• This new legal duty targets occupiers of publicly accessible locations and larger workplaces and will require them to assess terrorism risks and take positive measures to mitigate them.
• It is expected to have a profound impact on AIRMIC members who will be required to document their risk assessments and steps taken in response.
• Failure to comply – i.e. a breach of the new duty – could lead to a new form of civil liability in the event of a preventable attack

Learning Objectives

Understanding Protect and why it’s important

• Why is the government bringing it forward? [Directly linked to matters arising from the Manchester Arena Inquiry]
• What’s the scope of the new duty, how will it apply and what’s the timescale for its introduction?
• What types of threat do we face and what products and resources are already available within the market?

Getting prepared for Protect

• working through the practical and legal implications of the new duty
• examining the potential impact on insurance programmes and cover
• discussing what risk managers need to do to comply


Helen Devery
Partner, Manchester
Alistair Kinley
Partner, Head of Government Affairs
Jake Hernandez
Crisis and Intelligence Consultant
Mark Rubidge
Director of Major Risk
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